It’s no secret that Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury have struggled to live up to their contracts. Both players are guaranteed roughly $20 million through 2020. They both have equally struggled, and the question is: could both players benefit by a change of scenery?
The Yankees had a lot of problems in 2016, but one of their main problems was the lack of production for on-base percentage. Choo would have been the Yankees leader in OBP this season if he was with the team.
Last season Ellsbury batted just .263 with a .330 on base percentage. Choo batted just .242 in limited playing time due to injuries but was able to post a .357OBP.
If you look at Choo’s numbers as a whole there are definite reasons for optimism. In 2015 he batted .276 with a .375OBP to go along with 22 home runs and 82 runs batted in. In that same year Ellsbury was only able to post a .257 average with a .318 OBP. He combined that with just 7 home runs and 33 runs batted in.
The Rangers also do not have a true center fielder. Ellsbury would more than likely be welcomed with open arms in Texas.
This trade would play into the Yankees favor by bringing down their obligation to Ellsbury slightly, but would potentially help their offense moving forward. Choo shows more promise at the plate and is a master at working walks. In 2013 he walked an unprecedented 112 times that gave him a .423 OBP.
The Yankees goal in 2017 should be getting runners on base in front of their young middle of the line-up. If healthy, Choo could add roughly 50 points to the on base percentage of Ellsbury’s 2016 season.
More than likely we have seen the best from both of these players, but with a change of scenery a swap of bad contracts here could be welcomed.
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