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Report: Rangers offer seven-year deal to Shin-Soo Choo

Dec 11, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

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That seven-year offer to Shin-Soo Choo we heard about earlier? Well, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has the scoop on where it came from:

According to a source, the Rangers have a seven-year offer on the table to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and he is giving it serious consideration. The offer is less than the $153 million deal that Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees this off-season but is still strong enough for Choo to consider.

The Rangers had a two-hour meeting with Chin prior to the Winter Meetings and gave him a strong sales pitch about coming to Texas. Choo turned down a six-year offer from the Rangers, according to the source. But now it appears the Rangers have gone seven years and could have a good chance to sign him at possibly around $130 million.

That’s not quite the eight-year offer he is reportedly seeking, but unless the Mariners are somehow willing to blow everybody out of the water like they did with Robinson Cano last week, this might be the best he can do.

The best free agent left on the market, Choo batted .285/.423/.462 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI and 20 stolen bases over 154 games with the Reds this past season. The 31-year-old owns a .389 career on-base percentage.

UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers and agent Scott Boras are having “ongoing conversations” regarding Choo, but that reports of a seven-year deal on the table are inaccurate. As with most of these reports, it’s hard to know what to believe, but we’ll continue to track it.

  1. tolan04 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Would be a mistake he’s a .240 hitter vs lefties

    • aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      What left handed hitter isn’t now these days lol

    • jonrox - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      And yet still gets on base at a .340 clip. The real issue is his slugging dies against lefties, but .340 still isn’t bad for a top of the order batter going against his weak side.

    • scatterbrian - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Yep, because we judge players based on batting average vs. one handedness.

    • aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      He’s right, signing Choo to 7 years would be a mistake but not because he’s a .240 hitter vs lefties.

      I wouldn’t give Choo more than 4 years.

  2. jeffkx - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I in no way claim to be a judge of baseball talent. But from what I remember of him when he was here in Cleveland, that seems to be about $75-80m too much. I don’t think he has been the same since his DUI arrest.

    • scatterbrian - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      So you think Choo should get 7 years for $50-55M total? That’s basically Marlon Byrd/Chris Young money, and that is asinine.

      You did get the first sentence correct though…

    • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      I make a point to ignore the thumbs up/down. However, who could possibly think this comment deserves 6 positive thumbs up?

  3. blynch67 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    His numbers are middling… I think it’s too much money, and probably too long of a deal.

    They’d probably be better off with Nelson.

    • rje49 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Middling, as in 54 RBIs for the year?

    • cartographer0 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Then thank goodness you aren’t the Rangers GM.

      Repeat after me:
      Choo .285/.423/.462
      Cruz .266/.327/.506

      Those numbers are comparable, except for, you know, the whole on-base percentage thing . . . and the fact that Choo is two years younger.

  4. johnnyb1976 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Thank you for the draft pick rangers

    With love

    Walt Jockety

    • bendover09 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      They will just pick up another pick from Cruz …

  5. meatcarroll - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Choo Choo-Choo

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Gezundheit! And here’s a couple of Claritin for ya too…..

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    B to the O, R to the A-S
    Jay-Z thinks he’s hard,
    But I’m Blue Ivy’s real dad! Ay!

  7. edavidberg - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Choo is not the player Ellsbury is. I think 6 years $100 million is reasonable. I don’t see the Rangers going to 7 years.

  8. sisisisisisisi - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    All speculation, there’s no way in hell the Rangers offered a 7 yr/$130 mil deal. Choo will eventually sign for 6/$100 mill, you read it here 1st.

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