I Choo Choo Choose You: One Move The Braves Could Make To Win The NL

Tom RossiterContributor IJuly 16, 2010

NEW YORK - MAY 29:  Shin Soo Choo #17 of the Cleveland Indians in action against The New York Yankees during their game on May 29, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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* disclaimer* The article's title is a Simpsons reference if you didn't get it.

First off, I would like to say how disappointed and yet happy I was with the Yunel trade. I was disappointed that we were unable to maximize Yunel's physical tools, but happy that this trade was made with winning this year in mind.

In this trade, we got a very dependable shortstop in Alex Gonzalez. He is a solid defender, while having an offensively career year. I am all for riding the hot streak while we can. I wish the best to Escobar, but it became clear that he was no longer welcome in Atlanta.

Secondly, I still believe The Braves are one trade away from being the NL's representative in the World Series. We must trade for Shin-Soo Choo. First off, he is going to be first time Arbitration eligible after this season, and under team control for at least 3 more seasons. He would not be an easy target and does come with risk, (he is currently on the DL with a thumb injury, and may have military obligations to his homeland of South Korea, but may also be exempt from them) but when you see all the things he does on a baseball field, it's worth it.

He would become the perfect #2 hitter behind Prado. He has a high on base percentage, career .387 clip, while he also has plenty of power, slugging a .487 clip. He combines power, speed, discipline and great defence. There are countless statistics I could show you to tell you how much of a professional ball player Choo is, but when it comes down to it, WAR is the broadest all encompassing one. I will use www.baseball-reference.com's statistics, last year Choo was a 6.2 WAR, this year he has a 3.3 WAR at the All Star break. To put that into perspective, the Braves only have two players with over a 2.0 WAR, McCann 2.5, and Prado 2.2.

Now, let's look at a potential lineup with Choo in the second spot.

2B - Prado

LF - Choo

3B - Chipper

C  - McCann

1B - Glaus

RF - Heyward

SS - Gonzalez

CF - Melky/McLouth

Bench: Hinske, Diaz, Infante, Conrad

Now, that is a lineup that could cause damage up and down the lineup. Remember, acquiring Choo, would also take pressure off of Heyward by allowing him to return to the #6 hole, where most of his success this season has occurred. This would also allow Hinske and Diaz to be our pinch hitters matching up with Righty/Lefty late in the game.

Now, hopefully we can all agree Choo would be a fantastic addition to the Atlanta Braves, but here is the painful question....What would it cost to get him?

I think any deal would start with two top pitching prospects, Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino. We would also have to throw in two possible high risk/high reward position players, Jordan Schafer and Adam Milligan, in my opinion.

I realize that this is a lot, but you gotta give to get, and Choo would get us to a World Series in my opinion, so I for one Choo Choo Choose him.