The Cleveland Indians aren’t pressed for time yet, but at some point they will need to get on the ball to extend the contract of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The Indians bought some time by agreeing with the outfielder to a one-year, $3.975 million contract to avoid the arbitration process, but it appears that the Indians want to keep him around for quiet some time.
“We’re still in the midst of discussions,” said GM Chris Antonetti, as reported by Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. “I don’t view it as the negotiations being closed.”
When Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, was asked about the possibility of his client signing a long-term deal, he said,. “My role as an attorney for a player is to listen to all and then advise.”
The 28-year-old Choo is not a free until after the 2013 season, and Boras traditionally does not give up free agent years in order to maximize his client’s value. It would take an overwhelming offer from the Indians to make Boras change his mindset.