But you're ignroing the fact Bruce has outproduced Choo the last two years when Choo should be in his prime years. And he's younger. And he's going to be cheaper.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if Choo outproduces Bruce this year. In fact, I think he will. There's still no way I deal Bruce to sign Choo to a deal that will likely suck for the team at the end of it. Choo is going to be 31 in July. If he gets a 5 year deal, he's signed until he's 36. Meanwhile Bruce just turned 26 and is under control until he is 30. It's likely Bruce will get better (or at very least produce somewhere in the low-mid 800's) so he won't be bad money. It's almost a certainty Choo will decline, and at the end of his contract will be bad money.
Sometimes it's not about the money you spend, it's about the money you don't.
For the record, I don't think there's a chance in hell the Reds move Bruce to keep Choo. The idea of Choo walking is something everybody is just going to need to accept.