Catching The Choo Choo Train: How To Fill The Yankees Left Field Hole

Shanan H.Analyst IJanuary 24, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Shin-soo Choo #17 of the Cleveland Indians runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees have just one weak spot:  Left field.  Here's how to fix it.

My solution isn't a free agent.  He actually never even has been a professional free agent.

My solution is young Cleveland outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Why Choo?

The guy is one of the most underrated players in the game.  He is young, and can hit very well.  His WAR value is an outstanding 5.0.  He hits .300 with 15-20 home runs a year.  His fielding is so-so, yet an upgrade for sure over Damon.

I really like Choo.  He is very good right now, and he has the potential to be very, very good someday.

Obviously, Choo is not a free agent right now.  What would the Yankees have to give up for him?

I hate to see him go, but Choo would probably cost the Yanks Robinson Cano.  That is not too bad, however, replacing Cano would be easy.

Chad Guadan, prospect J.R. Murphy, and cash to the Mariners for Jose Lopez.  Lopez is a slight downgrade from Cano, however, he is very young and will have time to develop his sweet swing.

His WAR value was 2.6, with a UZR of 2.9.

Should the Lopez deal fall through, Orlando Hudson is a free agent and available, and could be signed fairly cheap for a few years.

Hop on the Choo Choo train:  It makes our Yankees better.