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Shin-Soo Choo reportedly wants $140 million over seven years

Dec 11, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Shin-Soo Choo wants $140 million over seven years. Buster Olney was hearing the same thing. Scott Boras doesn’t do bargains — or if he does, he does them quietly, much later and after his demands aren’t met — so this is no huge surprise.

At the moment Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Rangers and Mariners are the current “lead dogs” in the hunt for Choo. The Reds are said to be somewhat interested in bringing him back, but not at those prices. The most notable suitor for Choo had been the Diamondbacks, but with the trade for Mark Trumbo that avenue is closed.

Jacoby Ellsbury got $153 million over seven. Choo had almost 70 points of OBP on Ellsbury last season, but Ellsbury, you know, is an actual center fielder, so the just-below-Ells slot seems to make some kind of sense.

  1. tigers182 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    And he wonders why he’s not signed?

  2. shawnuel - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    And I want a scantly clad Jennifer Lawrence at my bedside feeding me grapes and giving me a happy endings massage every morning but it ain’t gonna happen.

    • tved12 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Positive thinking man, I think she’s available!

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I take it your first offer was a naked JL, pouring Dom Perignon, and well.. something more mutual than the aforementioned “massage”.

    • blynch67 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I DO like the way you think!

  3. dirtydavid4 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Boras is out of his mind choo is no 20mil a yr guy Boras is bad for baseball

    • miketreedy - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Boras isn’t bad for baseball. The owners make the decisions. He doesn’t hold a gun to their heads. Its their own dumb ass faults for signing players to the huge deals. Its hard to feel sorry for the owners who have continually seen how bad these contracts work out yet continue to over pay.

      • leylandshospicenurse - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        My guess is baseball owners are making far more money than we imagine.

    • pftfan - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      It always amazes me when people crucify Boras. They understand that the alternative to players getting paid, is owners pocketing more money. It’s not like the money saved on signing Choo to less money will be issued to fans in the form of the dividend.

      And if you think big dollar signings are the reason for rising ticket prices and parking fees, then ask yourself why owners don’t immediately charge less when they eventually dump those contracts on another team.

  4. bpearse230 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Baseball reference shoes the most similar player by age as Bernard Gilkey. $20 million a year for Bernard Gilkey?

    • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      BG, was greatly under-rated.

  5. Ben - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Well screw it, why not? We’ve learned there’s basically no downside to asking for a eleventy billion dollars because some team is cash-flush and dumb enough to give it to them.

  6. sportsfan18 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    He’s worth $15 million a yr.

    I’d prefer to give him 6 yrs and $90 million but I could see 7 yrs and $105 million.

    He gets on base at a very high clip.

    $140 million is too much although he’ll probably end up somewhere above the $105 million and less than what Els got.

  7. xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM


    i guess if glassbury got 160 … it makes sense….still… GTFO

    btw, craig…theres news here breaking in Detroit that the Tigers seem to be highly motivated to trade Scherzer…possibly to LA for Matt Kemp…if they eat up some salary.

    wheres the update on nbc!?

  8. 12thmanseattle - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Theres only one team that would be willing and crazy enough to pay him that…. Welcome back to Seattle Mr. Choo

    • xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      only ONE crazy team?… i guess you forgot about the Angels, Dodgers, Tigers, Yankees, Redsox…..

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM


      • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM


  9. uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Probably going to get 6 years / $120MM the way this years free agent market is trending especially for the top free agent position players.

    It’s reported as the piece says that the Mariners are one of the teams leading the charge to sign Choo. We’ll see if they have another nine figure contract in their budget this year because that’s probably what it’s going to take with Boras as Choo’s agent.

  10. contraryguy - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    ‘actual center fielder’… Well now cmon… Choo did pretty well in CF last year. Move him to left when Billy Hamilton is ready for center, and everybody wins (except the revolving door crew that plays LF for the Reds now, and they may be the only Reds players NOT mentioned this offseason).

    • contraryguy - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      … not that the Reds can afford him, at least not until Boras alienates every other GM in the league.

    • stoutfiles - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Hamilton is ready now. If he’s not ready by now, he”s never going to be ready. Spped is his greatest assest, which means every year he’s in the minors he’s wasting good years, so they need to get him up now and see what he’s got.

  11. 12thmanseattle - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Theres plenty of teams that would pay him. But I can guarantee that none of them need to sign him and would pay him what he wants as much as the mariners do. the dodgers are set in the outfield, the redsox didn’t pay Ellsbury so why pay Choo, the Yankees have no need for him, that leaves Seattle and The Angels/Tigers. Of those 3 I see the Mariners being the most likely to pay him

  12. miketreedy - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    With the TV deals in place I see why some owners will overpay for STAR players like Pujols, Hamilton, Cano, Mauer and even ARod. These types of players give a team an identity. That’s needed to get stadium deals, cable contracts, ticket sales and merchandise sales. Teams likely will make the money back with these kinds of players.

    What I don’t understand is why someone would pay Choo this kind of money. He is not a top name player. I wouldn’t watch more baseball or go to more games because Choo was on the team. The same goes for players like Jason Worth, Pence, Cruz and others like them. Signing these players for the money they are getting is crazy. These are really good players but not STARS.

    • jm91rs - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I think there is something to your comment. Obviously the best way to get people to buy the product is to put winners on the field, but it’s obviously a business and a good player with a little star power should bring in more money than a good player with very little star power. A-Rod put people in seats for a few years and even if the deal is awful now, it was paying dividends then. Remember the Yankees and other teams might say you measure success with World Series rings, but I don’t believe for a minute they don’t use their bank accounts as the ultimate measure of success.

      Choo’s OBP was amazing this year and I hope he gets handsomely for it, but he’s not a top level guy as far as talent and star power go. Of course there are no major stars on this free agent market, so he’ll get paid crazy money.

  13. schniz61 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    32 years old July2014. Horrible vs LHP for years now. Not a true CF. Poor SB %. Coming from extreme hitters park.


  14. whodeytn - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Good luck, Choo. Buttface.

  15. chiadam - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Who doesn’t want $140 million over 7 years?

    • mgflolox - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      Hell, I’d take it.

  16. eatitfanboy - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I’m surprised by all the comments saying he’s not worth it or won’t get it. Yes, in a literal sense, none of them are worth the money they make, but considering that the market sets salaries, can we really say that he’s so much worse than Ellsbury that he can’t even ask for something slightly less than he got?

  17. dinglaygorfe - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Soriano’s 8 years 136mil sounds like bargain. Even Zito’s contract wasn’t looking as bad as compare to contracts nowadays.

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