Posts in this series:
|Catcher||First Base||Second Base|
|Shortstop||Third Base||Designated Hitter|
|Left Field||Center Field||Right Field|
|Starting Pitching||Relief Pitching|
Part I: Review
Shin-Soo Choo was a mainstay in right field, missing just 18 games due to injury. His batting line was almost a carbon copy of 2009, but because the league was much more pitching-friendly in 2010, his OPS+ jumped from 136 to 148.
UZR didn't like any Cleveland outfielder's range, but Choo was able to make up for it with his arm. I think Choo's range is just fine, but he was penalized because of the style of pitchers in front of him.
Thanks to another outstanding season by Choo, the Indians' right fielders finished third in the AL:
Toronto (Jose Bautista) and Texas (Nelson Cruz) were the only clubs with more production at the position.
Here's the breakdown of at-bats:
Choo led the Indians in virtually every offensive category, whether they be cumulative or rate statistics. Even with the DL stint, he led the team in Games Played and Plate Appearances* by large margins, which indicates both his excellence and the team's faillings elsewhere.
Part II: Looking Towards 2011
Not Coming Back
Austin Kearns (Traded, 7-30-2010)
Please see the left field review.
Shin-Soo Choo (Arbitration-Eligible) - No Option Years Remaining
The only off-season issues to be answered for the Indians' right fielder have nothing to do with his on-field performance. He's playing for South Korea in the Asia Games, and if his country wins the tournament, he may be get an exemption from the two-year military requirement. If South Korea doesn't win, then the options aren't as palatable for Choo.
Choo is also arbitration-eligible, and with the Indians controlling him for three more seasons, you'd think a multi-year contract would be beneficial for both sides. But Choo hired Scott Boras as his agent this season, so it's actually more likely Choo and the Indians sign a one-year deal or go to arbitration. If the Indians and Choo do manage to agree to a multi-year deal, it's only going to be for three years.
Trevor Crowe (Pre-Arbitration) - 1 Option Year Remaining
Shelley Duncan (Pre-Arbitration) - No Option Years Remaining
*Trevor Crowe finished second in both categories, naturally. Andy Marte was 16th.