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Shin-Soo Choo hires Scott Boras, denies Indians' contract attempts

Mar 31, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

Last month Shin-Soo Choo fired his agent and hired Scott Boras, and it didn’t take long for the Indians to feel the impact. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians have approached Choo about a long-term contract extension, but “negotiations don’t seem to be going anywhere.”
Choo won’t even be eligible for arbitration until next season, so he’s under team control through 2013 either way, but Cleveland’s lengthy history of locking up their promising, pre-arbitration players long term is colliding with Boras’ tendency to steer his clients toward free agency.
Castrovince notes that the Indians would like to sign Choo to a five-year deal with a sixth-year team option that would pre-pay for his arbitration and delay his hitting the open market, but “neither Boras nor Choo have shown much interest in going that route.”
“It’s up to Boras and the Indians to figure that out,” Choo said. “That’s not my job. My job is to worry about the team.”

  1. bennoj - Mar 31, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Isn’t it Boras’ first task to get Choo out of his military commitment? That should be a fun negotiation.

  2. Ron Rollins - Mar 31, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    That’s what I was going to say. How does that play out with his service time?
    By law, if he’s under contract, the Indians have to ‘give him his job back’ when he returns. Or more simiply, honor any contract he signs, even though they don’t have to pay him while he is gone. But this issue hasn’t come up since the early ’70′s and I’ll bet it’s not covered under the CBA.
    Maybe that’s the idea behind having Boras. To work out a contrct where he gets paid and credit for service time, if that’s possible.

  3. peteinfla - Mar 31, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Ron, Are you sure that the law you stated above applies for another country’s military service? I remember cases of this back in the 70′s as you mention, but I think that was when we still had the draft in this country, and applied to our country’s military service. In either case, seems like just another instance of Boras doing what he does best, probably not in the best interest of his client.

  4. Alessandro Machi - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    yep, unless your Mr. Boras, who just plows forward as if it isn’t an issue.

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