Negotiations to lock up right fielder Shin-Soo Choo don't seem to be going anywhere, writes Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. The South Korean will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season. Choo earned a shade over $420K last season, and his contract was renewed with a "minimal raise" for 2010.
Ideally, the Indians would like to sign the 27-year-old to a five-year deal with a team option for a sixth. However, neither Choo nor his agent Scott Boras have shown interest in such a pact. You may recall that Choo hired Scott Boras as his representative in late February, roughly two weeks after Felipe Lopez cut ties with the super-agent.
Castrovince points out that during Mark Shapiro's tenure, the Tribe has a habit of locking up their core players prior to arbitration. The most prominent example, he writes, was the six-year, $23.45MM deal given to Grady Sizemore in 2006.
Meanwhile, Castrovince also writes that Asdrubal Cabrera – who is also arbitration-eligible at season's end – also fits the mold of a player that the Indians would look to lock up. At present, it's unclear whether the Tribe has made such an attempt.