I'd like to sign Ellsbury to be honest, as he's having a down year. With the addition of Ervin to our prospect pool I think we may be able to deal Hamilton for an star infielder (Lindor maybe? Probably not...)
If I were GM I would make a 2year offer with an option at the current salary. I know Boras and Choo will reject it out of hand, they are looking for the big bucks and a long term deal 50-60 mil for 5-6 years. With the Reds small market, and wanting to hang on to players like Votto, Phillips, Latos, and others, this just ain't happening. I would pin my hopes on the likes of Robinson
Hamilton and Lutz; apparently management is thinking along these lines as they picked up Phillip Ervin, a center fielder, in the draft.
If Choo walks, I would like Dexter Fowler. Underrated player and will be cheaper than Ellsbury. I remember the Reds sniffing around about him last year.
Yes, I am serious.
One stat you did not list (through 66 games);
Strikeouts: Choo - 66, Aoki - 15
Aoki had struck out 55 times in all of last season (versus 150 by Choo).
Aoki's in his second year in the MLB and is still learning the game. His numbers in Japan would suggest he has considerable room to improve given time to get used to how things are done here. Choo's in his 10th year in the bigs and we pretty much know what he is/will be.
Salaries: Choo - $7,375,000, Aoki - $1,250,000
Not a typo.
Since the time you listed the stats, they are walking about the same for the last half month or so (7 more for Choo, 6 more for Aoki). OBP gap had closed by a little (.425/.369). Aoki still holds 20+ points lead on the batting average, which I feel like Reds may need more considering its struggles to score runs.
I'd say Aoki is at least comparable to Choo. At 1/6 the price tag, I would absolutely take Aoki over Choo.
Let Choo go, he's good but not good enough to warrant the large $$$$ he'll fetch....