24 March 2006

Hee Seop Choi | 27 yrs | 6'5" | 240 lbs | 1B

So, the first "prediction" in my "prediction" posts has (more or less) come true:

One unfortunate casualty to Dodger revamping looks like it's going to be Hee Choi, one of those schism players that scouts hate but sabres tend to like. Choi would be a good fit for a team looking for a late-spring solution at 1B- someone like the Red Sox, after seeing enough of JT Snow to know he's got a fork innim.

Red Sox claim Hee Seop Choi off waivers. For $750,000- you can't beat that for Lowell/ Snow insurance. Choi is a middling defender with decent power, very good plate discipline and a LHB.

He was traded straight up from FLA to the Cubs for Derrek Lee, and then traded with minor leaguer Brad Murphy and Brad Penny to Los Angeles for Guillermo Mota, Paul Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion. He had become superfluous to LA with the Nomar Garciaparra signing.

This makes me feel a bit better about the Lowell/ Snow situation- Choi is exclusively a 1B, but considering Youkilis' flexibility, failure of either will allow Choi to pick up some slack. He has a career 240/ 349/ 437 line for a 107 OPS+, and has an .818 OPS over the last three seasons against RHP. He has trouble against lefties. Choi also has an option left, so he can be stashed at AAA to alleviate early-season roster crunch. Fantastic move on every front.

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