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Old 12-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sources: Rangers to sign OF Shin-Soo Choo to 7-yr/$130M deal

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Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has reached agreement on a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers, two baseball sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

Choo, who must pass a physical before the deal is complete, according to a source, was the premier offensive player left on the market after Robinson Cano signed with Seattle and Jacoby Ellsbury went to the New York Yankees.

The deal doesn't include an opt-out clause, the source said. But it does include a limited no-trade provision and performance bonus package.

Choo was one of the top leadoff hitters in the majors for the Cincinnati Reds in 2013 with a .423 on-base percentage, a .285 batting average, 21 homers, 54 RBIs, 20 steals and 107 runs scored.

He fills a leadoff void in Texas and will team with Prince Fielder, who was acquired from Detroit in a trade for Ian Kinsler earlier this offseason, to lead a revamped Rangers offense.

Choo, 31, is a .288 career hitter with a .389 on-base percentage in nine seasons with Seattle, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

His on-base percentage ranked second to Reds teammate Joey Votto in the National League in 2013, when Choo finished 12th in NL MVP balloting.

But Choo has a history of struggling against left-handed pitching. Choo has a .309 career batting average and a .932 OPS against right-handed pitching, compared to .243 and .680 against lefties. He batted .317 against righties and .215 vs. lefties last season.

Choo's agent, Scott Boras, had been pursuing a deal bigger than Jayson Werth's seven-year, $126 agreement with the Washington Nationals three years ago, and succeeded in getting it from the Rangers.
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Re: Sources: Rangers to sign OF Shin-Soo Choo to 7-yr/$130M deal

I guess it's fair when you take Jacoby as a comparable. Scott Boras strikes again.
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Re: Sources: Rangers to sign OF Shin-Soo Choo to 7-yr/$130M deal

I knew he was going to get a lot of money. The guy is a really good player, offensively and defensively. This seems a bit much, but these MLB teams seem to be swimming in money.
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Re: Sources: Rangers to sign OF Shin-Soo Choo to 7-yr/$130M deal

I remember watching him play a few times in Single A.
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