The Indians will listen to trade offers for Shin-Soo Choo this offseason

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Jon Heyman reports that Shin-Soo Choo is going to be on the market this winter. Why?

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said they have tried to extend Choo “multiple times” over the past few years, to no avail. Antonetti was asked how much reception he’s gotten to the possibility of a multiyear deal, and the GM answered candidly, “None.”

Choo is a Boras client, he hits free agency after 2013 and there is no way in hell that a Boras client who is appealing to multiple other teams, as Choo no doubt is, would sign a multi-year deal with a team that has zero recent history of free agent largess. He’s as good as gone, either this winter or by the deadline next season.

After stumbling in 2011 due to injury and personal problems, Choo is hitting .286/.369/.489 with 15 homers, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 118 games.  That’s not the stuff of nine-figure deals, obviously, but he’s definitely going to have suitors.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.