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Shin-Soo Choo hires Scott Boras

Feb 27, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

Shin-Soo Choo.jpgDylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Shin-Soo Choo has hired Scott Boras to be his agent, leaving Octagon Worldwide behind. Choo, 27, batted .300/.394/.489 with 20 homers, 86 RBI and 26 stolen bases last season. He is under team control through 2013, but he will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com recently reported that the Indians feel they have the financial flexibility to lock up both Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera to long-term contracts, however an extension for Choo will almost certainly be complicated by the presence of Boras.

Of course, Kendry Morales also recently hired Boras after he fired the Hendricks brothers in what appears to be a financial dispute. Like Choo, the 26-year-old first baseman will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 27, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    I sure hope he didn’t hire Boras in hopes of taking on the ROK draft authorities. As Boras proved in the Damon fiasco, Sinbad he ain’t.

  2. Ben - Feb 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Man, Shoo has got to be one of the most underrated (or just unknown) players considering his talent. Boras always seems to either get you a great deal (Holliday) or screws you up (Damon).

  3. Charles Gates - Feb 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    It appears that Boras may get the chance to add diplomatic relations to his resume. Pretty soon, it’ll be South Korea asking Choo to continue to play ball.

  4. jwb - Feb 27, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    “an extension for Choo will almost certainly be complicated by the presence of Boras”
    Why would you say that? Boras’ arb eligible clients this off-season:
    Multiyear deals
    Edwin Jackson
    Ryan Spilborghs
    One year deals
    Jeff Baker
    Stephen Drew
    Carlos Gomez
    Gerald Laird
    Zach Miner
    Bobby Seay
    Jered Weaver
    Of the players signed to one year deals, how many do you think received multiyear offers and refused them? How many would you have offered multiyear deals? All of these deals were done before the salary exchange date. Maybe you meant “simplified” or “expedited.”

  5. jwb - Feb 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Correction: Edwin Jackson and the Diamondbacks did exchange salary figures.

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