MLB Network did an evaluation comparing the outfielders and asked their experts to chime in on which guy they’d rather have if they were a major league GM. If the video doesn’t load below, you can view it here.
As Mariner fans we can expect that Jack Zduriencik is seriously considering each, especially given the teams need for both an outfielder and a leadoff hitter. Signing either one of Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo would kill two birds with one stone.
Ellsbury and Choo share similar numbers but each has his own advanced skill that makes them unique enough that could make a team lean more in one direction. Choo has an amazing ability to get on base, as seen with his .420+ OBP. Ellsbury on the other hand is an excellent base stealer, leading all of baseball this past season.
Which player would you rather have?