According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Shin-Shoo Choo will be a Texas Ranger. Less than a week after the star outfielder rejected a $140M offer from the New York Yankees, the prized free agent agreed to terms to join the Texas Rangers. Oddly enough, it’s being reported he’s agreeing to an amount slightly less than the Yankees top offer.
Early reports say Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a 7 year $130M offer from the Texas Rangers. At face value the amount seems less than the Yankees best effort, but considering Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, while New York touts one of the absolute highest, the Rangers offer came out on top.
Offseason reports linking Choo to the Rangers changed almost daily. With the trade of leadoff man and all-star second basemen Ian Kinsler, many speculated (including yours truly) Choo would be the primary offseason target. The feeling was Choo would not only fill the void in the leadoff spot, but upgrade it.
All excitement was tempered when Jon Daniels insinuated any further moves would be unneeded and most likely happen deeper into the offseason if at all.
When the Rangers traded Craig Gentry the likelihood of adding Choo came back tenfold. With Alex Rios and Leonys Martin the only sure locks in the outfield (Engle Beltre expected to be more of a platoon player this season) Choo could slide into either corner spot and provide a significant upgrade overall.
As recently as this week it was reported the Rangers would be switching focus from Choo to Japanese pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka. It has been expected he will be posted sometime soon and after the success the Rangers had with Yu Darvish, they were very interested in joining the bidding process. Reports began to surface Thursday that Tanaka would NOT be posting and therefore not a free agent option, causing the Rangers to about-face their stance on Choo.
It didn’t take long to pull the trigger and come to an agreement, as the Rangers and Shin-Soo Choo agreed today on the 7 year mega-deal. The Rangers are now fairly set in their lineup and are very unlikely to make additional (significant) moves this offseason. Nelson Cruz is still a possibility since he provides power to the batting order (something they are still in need of), but his price is currently too high.
More on the signing of Shin-Soo Choo as details roll in…
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