Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
Especially when you look at the Reds' recent track record of first-round selections, having an extra first-rounder should be far from an afterthought for Reds fans. Picking at the end of the first round obviously isn't the same as picking in the top-10, but it's still an extremely valuable pick.
Also, another thing that is not being mentioned is that a team will have to give up a first-round pick if they sign Choo away from the Reds as a free agent, which could drive down his asking price and make him more affordable for the Reds. Course, with Boras as his agent, I do realize what I just wrote is a pipe dream. But I'm dreamin, baby.
I believe that if the Reds offer Choo arbitration, and he turns it down, the Reds cannot sign Choo until midseason, not sure of the date. I could be wrong, but I made the same statement earlier, and was corrected by someone here on Redszone.