Originally Posted by traderumor
Either he can handle it or not. Any amount of busting his butt is just so much "I'm in the best shape of my life" propoganda. I'm not sure why that would impress you.
I'm not sure if it's that simple. I think Choo has all the natural skills to be an average defensive centerfielder. He has the speed and he has the arm. However, angles are one of the hardest things to learn as a centerfielder. That extra half step is the difference between an out and a triple. You better believe you can be working on those angles all off-season long. The angles are much different in center than they are in right.
I'm not worried about if "he's in the best shape of his life." I am worried that he really doesn't want to be a centerfielder. If he doesn't want to be a centerfielder, it's hard to see him getting those extra reps and learning those angles.
I was very happy about the Choo trade. However, for this trade to maximize it's value, Choo has got to play an average centerfield. His quotes in the initial post are very awkward and I am worried that it may not just be a translation error and this is Choo's way of saying just let me play a corner outfield spot.