Speaking in value and long term plan, Nate McLouth and Rajai Davis in a platoon would cost roughly 1/3 of what it will take to sign Shin-Soo Choo (and 5 years less on a contract). The facts are that McLouth and Davis are better defensively, steal more bases, while striking out less and could play any OF spot comfortably. They would also be legitimate lead-off hitters.
Saving $10-15M would help with the posting process if we're to go after Mashiro Tanaka aggressively. Or we could use that money to retain Navarro, Baker, etc...
Crunching the raw numbers, it would be similar production, keeping in mind that Choo has 25HBP and 5 IBB this year.
155 H, 33 2B, 1 3B, 21 HR, 105 R, 52 RBI, 109 BB, 131 K, 18SB/11CS, .283/.423/.462 (Choo)
163 H, 32 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 092 R, 43 RBI, 054 BB, 108 K, 56SB/10CS, .262/.315/.390 (McLouth/Davis)