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Rangers, D-Backs involved as market for Shin-Soo Choo reaches “critical stage”

Dec 9, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

With Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury off the board, Shin-Soo Choo is the biggest name remaining in the free agent market. And it sounds like he could find a new home during this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida:

Many have speculated that the Tigers could also be involved, though that’s not confirmed.

David Murphy recently signed a two-year deal with the Indians while Craig Gentry was dealt to the Athletics, so the Rangers have some big questions in left field. Michael Choice, who was acquired in the Gentry deal is one option, though it’s unlikely they’ll go that way. Choo would obviously address that need quite nicely, though it will take around $100 million to make it happen.

On a related note, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram that he met with the agent for Nelson Cruz today. However, he added that the team has likely already made their big offseason splash with the Prince Fielder deal. Sounds exactly like someone who could have something big cooking.

UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are also in on Choo and remain “active on multiple fronts.”

  1. markofapro - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    $100 mill is a lot of scratch for an average defensive player.

    • anxovies - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      He has one of the better RF arms in baseball.

    • thomas844 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      He was in CF in Cincy which was something he had never done regularly before. Though by no means was he great, he held his own. Once he moves back to RF, let’s just say not many runners will be trying to go first to third on him.

  2. slaugin - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Ken Rosethal from the future tweeted this

  3. texasrug - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    100 million is a lot of scratch for anybody!

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Except the owner writing the check(s). 😉

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I’d rather pay Choo $100 million+ than Ellsbury. Choo’s strengths seem like they won’t fade as he ages. I would rather not give either player $100 million though.

    • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM


  5. metalhead65 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    as a reds fan I have to ask does he get a bonus for hitting left handed pitching? good player but not a hundred million good. let’s hope the reds gm is as good at drafting players as he is signing ex-cards to play for his team.

  6. stephenolszewski - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    If Texas plays him in RF they may have the best off season but obviously it’s early

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