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Shin-Soo Choo agrees to seven-year, $130 million deal with Rangers

Dec 21, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News are both reporting that the deal is worth $130 million. That’s $10 million less than the reported offer from the Yankees, but when you figure the tax difference between the states, Scott Boras actually did pretty well for his client here.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that it’s a straight seven-year, $130 million deal with a limited no-trade clause and no opt-outs or options. The deal will run through Choo’s age-37 season.

12:15 p.m. ET: Big news on what was originally expected to be a sleepy Saturday in the baseball world, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have agreed to a seven-year deal with free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has confirmed the report. No word yet on the exact dollar amount.

We heard earlier this week that Choo had previously turned down a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Yankees, so it will be interesting to see if Scott Boras was able to top that. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has been coy about his interest in Choo this winter, but they reportedly offered him a seven-year deal at the Winter Meetings.

This is the second major splash of the winter for Daniels, as he traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder in November. The Rangers were seventh in the American League in runs scored this past season, but that lineup is suddenly looking quite potent again with Choo at the top and Fielder in the middle.

Choo, 31, hit .285/.423/.462 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI and 20 stolen bases over 154 games with the Reds in 2013. He has a .389 career on-base percentage.

  1. discountdoublecheck - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    What are Choo thinking Rangers?!

    • mick2014 - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Choo averages 146 strikeouts per season, I guess the stupid Rangers are paying nearly 1 million per K! LOL

  2. mrznyc - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I costs Choo 13 million for the privlidge of playing in New York City – And the pinheads we elect want to raise the taxes even more.

  3. suav3n - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    yankee bashing gets annoying. money buys champioships – well it does. the yankees spend money to put out an often very good product. it is not unlike any other team or large company. you pay good employees to make a good product to sell. it is basic economics. the yankees win games, so it is difficult to argue. everyone hates a winner.

    the yankees have problems like everyone else. the team is old everyone agrees – but they will still compete like every other year. old != bad.

    *forgive grammar, tablet u c

  4. smcgaels1997 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Funny how this team not 4 years ago was into bankruptcy and had to get permission to trade for players…look at all the deals they’ve forked out the last 4 years…classic

  5. shawnuel - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I don’t think Cruz makes much sense for Seattle. He would be, yet, another poor fielding OF who should be playing DH/1B (along with Morrison/Hart) and he is clearly in decline offensively. Since we don’t really know how to quantify or qualify how NOT being on PED’s may affect his performance it might be wise to note that Safeco KILLS RH hitters while Arlington is a haven of sorts. That will hurt his value right there. Plus he turns 34 next season. As a Mariner fan…….no thanks!

  6. leothelyon - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Let’s not forget how The Texas Rangers blew the elimination game by letting this Cruz fella play after some 50 game suspension. He went 0-4. The guy he pushed out of the line up was batting .430, had 3 HRs and 3 doubles in the last 10 games he played. Time to root for another team.

  7. Fantasy Football Consultant - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    War is retarded

  8. bravess23 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Choo went from being the most underrated player in league to the most overrated player in the league in a year…. that being said he’s still a really good player in my opinion.. He is a good hitter, gets on base Alot with ability to go yard.. I like Choo and yes he’s overpaid

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