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05/20/2013 11:13 am ET Updated Jul 20, 2013

The New York Mets Need to Sign Shin-Soo Choo This Off-Season

The New York Mets offense is struggling. The team has a collective .230/.302/.382 triple-slash, with a .684 OPS -- which ranks 26th in the major leagues. However, the real issue is with the Mets' outfield. Mets' center fielders have combined for a .530 OPS+ (worst in the majors) and right fielders a .621 (tied for third worst). While Mike Baxter and Andrew Brown, perhaps, deserve a chance to start this season, the Mets need to sign to-be free agent Shin-Soo Choo this coming off-season.

Choo was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds in a three-way deal before the season, which sent Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians, and Didi Gregorius to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Choo, a left-handed hitter, quietly developed into a top producer over the past five seasons, owning a .291/.384/.471 line, with a 135 OPS+, 80 HR (about sixteen per season), and 80 SB (about 16 per season).

And even though the Reds are using the 30 year-old in center field, Choo's best position -- as according to defensive metrics -- is right field (combined 11.0 UZR/150 over 496.6 innings) and left field (-2.5 UZR/150 over 1331.6 innings)....rest the rest of this article on Yahoo! Sports.