I know it is Heyman, but we are still being connected to Choo. I wonder what offers Shin Soo has actually gotten? Are they in the same range as Ellsbury? Is he talking to Granderson and Beltran? Which other GMs for trades? Does he think Dirks is good enough?
To start, Choo at this rate has most likely gotten multiple offers. He was one of the many players the Yankees have sent a reported offer to, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers, Mariners and Orioles have at least shown significant interest. I also, however believe that the Tigers have. Personally, I think Choo is worth more than any of the free agents available except for maybe Cano. I'm glad that if Dave D was involved in the Ellsbury sweepstakes that he pulled out. I hope he has the same Maximum-Spending-Money idea with Choo.
When Dave D wants something, especially bad enough to where he shares it with the media before a deal is done, he eventually Will get that deal done. He mentioned that he wanted a Left handed bat, as well as slightly hinting today at left fielders. Today, however he also noted "Nothing is imminent with Choo". I don't remember the last time I have heard Dave D mention a specific players name unless the deal was either already done, or he didn't want them. If he was in negotiations, he generally won't say a potential players name. I don't know what to think about this, as well as the fact he most certainly didn't rule out making more trades.
Another thing to keep in mind, is he mentioned our closer will be Nathan, and our set up man will be Rondon, as well as one won't be Benoit. Most successful bullpens have two set up men, preferably one of each hand. He also hinted that there will be two by saying one of them will not be Benoit. I'm hoping for a Lefty here, but that's just me. Not only do we need Set Ups, we also need MR. Right now Al, Kroll, Coke and Putkonen appear to be middle relief. My guess is that they go after somebody to replace Putkonen in there.
For my full offseason plan and players available on the open market reportedly that could fill important roles, please view my other FPs. ThIs is mostly for Dombrowski and whether we are done or not yet.