Report: Fading Indians Might Trade Choo

Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians have been hanging around in the American League Central all season. But after getting swept by the Twins this weekend, the Indians

  • are six games out of first place;
  • are 5½ games out in the Wild Card standings; and
  • sport the third-worst run differential in the entire American League.

For those reasons and more, this team is a true long shot for a postseason berth. Which is why they need to start thinking about 2013 and beyond. To that end:

The Pirates and Rangers have checked in on Shin-Soo Choo, the Indians' star right fielder.

For now, those appear to be the most interested teams, in fact.

(source: Jon Heyman)

Choo's having a big year, but he's 30 years old, he's arbitration-eligible, and he'll be eligible for free agency after next season. Which is to say that he'll probably never be more valuable to the Cleveland Indians than he is right now. So you can understand why they should at least consider trading him for a younger player or players.

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