Shin-Soo Choo isn't thinking about the 2014 season. His agent Scott Boras sure is but Choo is enjoying what for him is a rare meaningful September.

For the first time since he's been a regular player Choo is in the midst of a pennant race -- that takes precedent over his impending free-agent status.

"I can't do anything about it so I just play every day" Choo said of his future.

The former Indians outfielder started playing regularly in 2008 the year after the Indians last appeared in the playoffs. He played in six games early in the 2007 season but that was it. This September is the first time he's played on a team that not only will finish with a winning record but will likely reach the postseason.

"It's different when I played with the Indians when it was September we were never thinking about the playoffs" Choo said. "You were thinking about next year now it's a different season. It's fun. We're still trying to win our division it's totally different."

The Reds traded for Choo last December to fix the team's hole at the top of the lineup. It was an all-in type move for Walt Jocketty and while not all has gone as planned in 2013 for the Reds the trade for Choo has certainly paid dividends. Batting leadoff for the Reds Choo is second in the National League in on-base percentage at .426 second only to teammate Joey Votto. Last season the Reds got an major-league low .254 on-base percentage out of the leadoff spot .027 points lower than any other team in baseball. This season the Reds' .421 OBP out of the leadoff spot is .040 points better than any team in baseball.

That's pretty much Choo of course as 643 of the Reds' 723 plate appearances from the leadoff spot are from Choo. Also with help from Choo and Votto Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips are among the league-leaders in RBI and the Reds are second in the league in runs scored.