Shin-Soo Choo Agrees To 7-Year $130 Million Deal With Texas Rangers
The ongoing saga regarding free agent Shin-Soo Choo is over. The outfielder has agreed to a 7-year contract with the Texas Rangers worth $130 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal comes after weeks of speculation regarding where the highly-prized outfielder would end up.
More on the deal, from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
Source: #Rangers first offered Choo seven years after winter meetings. Final deal similar to that one. Stretched for player they wanted.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 21, 2013
The 31-year old Choo has been one of the hottest free agent commodities so far this offseason and rightly so. He slashed .285/.423/.462 in 154 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2013. He owns a career OBP of .389 over the course of his nine-year career and drew 112 walks in 2013. He certainly gets on base quite often. His 4.1 WAR in 2013 is also rather attractive. The Rangers no doubt took these factors into consideration when deciding whether or not to offer the kind of money Choo and agent Scott Boras were looking for.
Assuming Choo passes his physical, the Rangers’ lineup is will most likely look something like this:
- Elvis Andrus
- Adrian Beltre
- Prince Fielder
- Alex Rios
- Mitch Moreland
- Jurickson Profar
- Geovany Soto
- Leonys Martin
The deal’s financial considerations are worth noting. The state of Texas does not require an income tax. None of the $130 million owed to Choo will be taken away by state taxes. When compared to another mega-deal within the A.L. West, Choo’s deal is notable for another reason as well:
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) December 21, 2013
Before this deal, the A.L. West was already going to be one of the most tense and hard-fought battles in all of MLB in 2014. With the Oakland A’s maneuverings, the Seattle Mariners‘ splashy acquisitions of Robinson Cano, Corey Hart and Logan Morrison as well as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim‘s trades for David Freese and quality young pitching.
Choo’s addition makes for an even more fascinating story heading into next season and it will be fun to see it all play out on the field.
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