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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. raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comments in a moment, too, then.

  2. danielcp0303 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    “more in a moment.”

    This reminds me of my Batman Returns game for the Super Nintendo. After pressing start a black screen would appear and say “hold on” while the game was loading.

    • hittfamily - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Reading HBT in the offseason reminds me of playing Oregon Trail. “Jenna Has Typhoid Fever” is replaced by “Troy Patton Has Amphetamines”, and “You Have Reached the Snake River Outpost, You Had Better Get Supplies” is “You Have Reached the Snake Scott Boras, Better Get Supplies”.

      I for 1 can’t wait until “Arod Has Acquired Cholera” and “Jeffery Loria Has Died From Dysentary”.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        So you’re saying that Arod should have caulked the wagon?

      • hittfamily - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        No, his cousin should have, so that Arod could deny it at a later date.

      • weaselpuppy - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        1) Centaur hybrids are immune to disease.

        2) I haven’t played that game since 1984 and that mention of it still has me grinning…

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    No comment yet from Cruz or his agent?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Choo is a very different player than Cruz. He is a much better fielder and has more speed.

      • paperlions - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        He’s also a far far better hitter, younger, and much more athletic.

      • Old Gator - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Gezundheit!

  4. yournuts - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I can’t wait to see the dollar figure for a 31 year old player with 21 HR, 54 RBI man with 20 stolen bases.

    • wiscotom - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      He was a top of the order hitter. HR and RBI are the stats you cherry pick? Really?

      How about: .423 OBP, .885 OPS, and 6.3 oWAR (he won’t be CF so his dWAR should be closer to average next year)

  5. DonKellyBaby - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    The Rangers have made major improvements to their offense this offseason. The only problem I see with the moves they’ve made is they’ve handcuffed themselves with potentially two horrible long-term contracts in the next 5 years, but that’s the game of baseball nowadays. Win now, suffer later.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Nah, they’ve ALREADY signed their new TV deal. It doesn’t take effect until their current deal expires after this coming season.

      So beginning in the 2015 season, they will receive about $80 million per season.

      Also, when this deal was reported, it was said that they most likely received quite a bit of cash up front in this deal (meaning they already have their hands on some of the dough).

      If you got it, spend it!

  6. xjokerz - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Choo aint worth that type of money.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    They “Choo Choo Choose” Choo!

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Thanks for the five people who got the Simpson reference.

  8. yournuts - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I figured he was worth 14 or 15 million on a 4 or 5 year deal. I have a hard time believing that the Yankees offered him 20 million a year for 7 years.

  9. hittfamily - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    This is great news to Morales and Cruz as well. The Rangers need a DH, and now they won’t lose their first round pick to sign either of them.

    • miketreedy - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I think the Rangers sign Morales as their DH. They have always liked him and he will cost far less money than Cruz. Plus they already give up a pick for Choo so losing a 2nd rnd pick for Morales won’t hurt as much. They also will get a pick back when someone signs Cruz.

  10. phillysports1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Now they need a starting pitcher . An ace !

    • ewampus - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      If only that Darvish cat pitched for them…..

  11. dcarr325 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    @phillysports1 .. the Rangers have an Ace … they have Darvish . what they need now is a number 4 or 5 guy .. if they dont sign anyone maybe lewis or wanna the young pitching can fill that spot .. that have a great top of rotation with Darvish , holland , Hasrrison and perez

    • yournuts - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      And they still can’t beat the A’s! LMAO. The Rangers have become the new Los Angeles Angels.

  12. giantboy99 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    WAY OVERRATED

  13. giantboy99 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    AND NOW WAY OVERPAID

  14. yournuts - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    130 Million for Choo to play in Texas? I thought he turned down 140 Million to play for the Yankees? THat is what I call good negotiating, George Costanza style. Take the same number of years and 10 million less! I bet if he was offered 140 million by the Yankees Choo is kicking himself right about now?

    • doctornature - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      You ever think some players HATE New York fans and press? The tax rate is a considerable, but the cost of living saves even more. He is better off with 130 mil in Texas than 140 in New York.

      Then there is this: The Yankees SUCK. Right now, the Marlins have a better pitching staff, and the Astros will have a better lineup soon, when all their #1 picks arrive.

      Would you want to play for a decrepit old team in New York? Where the press eat you alive? I know quite a few New Yorkers who moved to Texas…lifelong Yankee Fans, most of them…that hated the city. Just because you live there doesn’t mean everybody loves it the way you do

      • bigharold - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        “Then there is this: The Yankees SUCK.’

        EVERY off season the Yankees are pronounced dead and or dying, old broken down and on the verge of full collapse. And, yet even last year, admittedly an “off year”, with a freakish number of injuries they were still playing meaningful baseball in September. And, just how deep did the Rangers get in the playoffs? Oh yeah, they won exactly 6 more games than the old broken sucking Yankees, .. in the AL West no less.

        “Would you want to play for a decrepit old team in New York?”

        You mean the team that has made the playoffs 8 of the last 10 years. Because the team in Texas that has only made the playoffs three times in the last ten years, .. and last year wasn’t one of them. So there’s that!

        I’m sure there were a number of reasons why Choo chose Texas for less, .. the tax issue would be one and not every one can or even wants to deal with NY. But, the “Yankees are old” rant doesn’t carry much weight. It’s the same thing that is said about the Yankees year after year. Odds are Yankees will find there way back to the playoffs before the Rangers.

      • yournuts - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Doctornature, First of all Soo is Korean where do you think he would want to live somewhere where there is a large Korean community or somewhere where people go to BillyBobs on weekends? Second of all the Yankees have 27 World Series Championships, how many do the Rangers have?????

        If anyone would want to play in Texas’s heat each year, it has nothing to do with tax base because if it did everyone would be playing for the Marlins and Rays. I know many Cowboy and Ranger fans and there is nothing ike watching the Cowboys lose each and every December and watching the Rangers choke each October.

        Now that you have Prince Fielder playing in that frying pan in Arlington you will experience the famous disappearing act at the stadium but not at the Bar-B-Que stands.

        I live in San Francisco but Love New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Pittsburgh and most places. I live to watch the Cowboys and Rangers FAIL. LMAO.

      • wannabenerd230 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        There’s one important thing you’re overlooking, yournuts (nice grammar, BTW). The second-largest Korean community in the southern US (besides Atlanta), and the fourth-largest Korean diaspora in the country, is in Dallas. 80,000 Koreans live in the area, enough to support two daily nonstops between Dallas and Seoul on both Korean Air AND American. Samsung’s US telecom unit is also headquartered over there. So there’s a huge amount of Korean ties in that part of Texas.

      • pastabelly - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        The core of the last Yankee championship run is pretty much gone. If you think the Yankee cachet and not the Yankee checkbook lured Ellsbury, then you are living in dreamland. These days, players are as likely to win championships in St Louis and Boston as they are in pinstripes.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        I think there’s some validity to the tax comment, but once you have a zillion dollars, I’m not sure cost-of-living matters much. I mean, $14 million will buy a really great house anywhere in the world.

    • cur68 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Try reading that first paragraph again, eh? See the thing about tax differences? That’s why its a better deal than the Yankees 140 mil.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        NY has the highest tax burden in the US, and TX is #42. However, if the $140M and $130M reports are both accurate, then the Yankees’ offer would still be worth roughly an extra $4. NY’s cost of living and housing costs are also higher, but that difference shouldn’t be that significant when one is talking about incomes that high.

        There could well still be some market preference factoring into the choice too.

      • jwbiii - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        So Choo turned down the Yankees’ $20m AAV contract offer tor the Rangers’ $18.6m AAV offer. I’m cutting a lot of corners here, but about $900k of that difference is state tax savings. The savings would be more if he was contemplating living in New York City. Athletes pay state taxes (and presumably provincial taxes in Ontario) where they play. From a purely financial standpoint, I can see where living in Texas could be $500k cheaper than living in New York. First, the real estate is cheaper. Second, if you live in New York and have significant non-baseball income (investments, endorsements), you will want a home in a no or low tax state. Pettitte and Clemens in Texas, Jeter and Rodriguez in Florida, etc. So this could make sense on a financial level without disparaging the Yankees, New York, the New York press corps, or the Yankee fanbase.

      • cur68 - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Its not a gross underpay compared to what the NYY were offering, right. Given the large Korean community in that part of Texas, the less overbearing media, and a MUCH better team, I can see it being a better deal than playing for NYC for 20M AAV.

    • doctornature - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Love to see these Yankee fans resorting to the old championship numbers, while their AARP roster full of roiders laughs all the way to the bank, growing old, fat and complacent. Ichiro? Wells? A-roid? Tex? CC? Check, check, check, check…Jeter? Get him a walker and a wheelchair. Talking about Laughing my A$$ off! The Stinkees are just that, filling their Depends happily as they call the Maid for more Ensure. Enjoy those $2,500 seats, suckers…you deserve them. Maybe you can lure the Big Unit and Clemons out of retirement…would clearly improve the staff.

    • mrznyc - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      He loses 13 mil to NYC taxes, loses nothing in Texas

      • jwbiii - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        What’s you source for that number? I count less than half of that.

  15. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    What’s going to be fun is the spin given he signed less than the Yanks offer. If it’s “because I really wanted to play in Texas”, I will chuckle.

    Oh, spare me the whole “but there’s less taxes in Texas” debate, for now, please. I get it, we all get it. However, as far as the AAV and ripple for the MLBPA, it’s less, period. Texas, taxes schmaxes.

    • miketreedy - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Of course he would rather play in Texas or Detroit over the Yankees. The Yankees are a mess right now. They are an old team with tons of holes. The Rangers are set to compete for at least the next several years. With their farm system and new TV deal maybe even longer than that.

      • bigharold - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        “The Rangers are set to compete for at least the next several years.”

        What happened last year? In fact they barely made the playoffs in 2012 and lost the WC game. Sure, in 10 & 11 they made the WS, .. but lost. So that gives you two WS lost, lost the WC, failed to make the playoffs. I think that’s what is called a downward trend. In fact last years was the ONLY year in the last 10 that the Yankees won fewer games than the Rangers, .. while playing in a tougher division. And it took an unusually freakish number of injuries for the Ranger to get that.

        Keep beating the “Yankees are old and dead” drum. Sooner or later you might be right.

      • miketreedy - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Yankees fans make me laugh. They are so delusional. They are an old team. That isn’t debatable. They are also locked into the players Sabathia, ARod, Tex etc still for many years. They also have huge hole’s at SP, CL, DH, 2B,SS and 3B – even if Jeter and ARod do play. This is a silly debate. Keep being delusional if it will help you get through the next few seasons.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        @ Mike, the way I see it is sure the Yankees have holes as does every team. On average are they older then most every team sure. Do the Yankees have CC, A-Rod and Tex on the payroll for the next few years? CC for 4 more IF his option vest, A-Rod for 4 if the Yankees don’t buy him out at some point and Tex for 3 years.

        Is that any worse then having to pay Fielder through the 2020 season, Choo now through the 2020 season or Andres through the 2023 if his 2023 year vest? In my opinion NO.

        Assuming you are a Rangers fan before you kick dirt on the current Yankees or the Yankees of the next couple years you might wait until the Rangers win a World Series with their “young” players.

      • miketreedy - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        The difference is that Fielder and Choo are at the early parts of their contracts while the Yankee players mentioned are already on the downside of the their contracts. The Rangers may eventually find themselves in the same place as the Yankees are in now but for now they are in much better shape.

        If you match-up the two teams based on current ages, contracts, current roster and the farm system the Rangers are currently in a much much better place.

      • bigharold - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        “If you match-up the two teams based on current ages, contracts, current roster and the farm system the Rangers are currently in a much much better place.”

        Then explain how the Rangers didn’t make the layoffs LAST season, in a weaker division. How is it with their old broken down line up, that was deluged with injuries managed to win only 6 games less, or about one win per month less. Explain how Fielder is going to do better in Texas not surrounded by Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. I’ll see your Price Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo and raise you Brian McCann, Carlos Betran and Jacoby Ellsbury. So, tell me again how the Ian Kinsler-less Rangers are better than the Yankees.

        Could be that A-Rod gets suspended but not likely 210 games, .. more like 50. Maybe Jeter finally craters and has to pack it in. Could be that the Yankees get kicked around by injuries again. Or, most likely they they get A-Rod back by early summer, Jeter is still Jeter, McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury fit right in and their the same old Yankees, ..playing important baseball in September and October. You see big long term contracts and older players see the worse but if you were honest you’d admit that to date the Yankees have done an excellent job of managing those issues and contending year in and year out. What you fail to see or are unwilling to admit is that the Yankees, with their resources, do not operate the same way as other teams. Building farm systems is nice but it’s not the only way. And, yeah they buy their championships, .. just like every other team. Nobody plays for free. They’re just better at it than most teams. They operate in the here and now. That’s the way the Yankees do business and in case you missed it business is good. Not as good as four years ago but in the intervening time the Ranger have had two shots at the WS and failed both times. So, the Yankees are certainly doing “their business” better than anything the Rangers have ever done. And, if the Yankees stay under $189 mil and reset the luxury tax, the Yankees will be even a bigger threat.

        The Yankees will get back to the playoffs before the Rangers.

  16. phillysports1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Yea I know about darvish . But they need another ace unless Perez and holland have a great season . They need to compete with Oakland .

    • doctornature - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Compete with Oakland? They were neck and neck the last 2 years, signed Fielder and Choo. MASSIVE improvements. They are already probably favored to win the division with those 2 signings alone. If Tanaka gets posted, they will be in up to their necks, after the success of Darvish.

      Oakland should be the team worrying about competing with the Rangers. Unless Choo and Fielder tank immediately, the Rangers are headed for the post season.

      • weaselpuppy - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        and who is closing games in Dallas? Joakim Soria? Alrighty then, we’ll see about that.

        Martin Profar and Andrus were all below .700 OPS players last year.

        Fielder/Choo is an upgrade over Kinsler/Cruz.

        Soto/Arencibia is a downgrade from AJ/Soto

        Gentry and Murphy were useful pieces not replaced and Moreland showed his liabilities by being overplayed.

        This is a nice team with a good shot at the playoffs, but not worldbeaters…

  17. buffalowned - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    These type of contracts are why baseball is a joke…and that fact that about 30% of players are clean

    • raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      The joke is someone who apparently doesn’t like baseball wasting his time reading and commenting on a baseball blog.

  18. twothousandman79 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    7/130 in Texas is still more money in Choo’s pocket than 7/140 in NY due to NO state, county, or city INCOME TAXES in Texas. So, no he isn’t kicking himself over that. Plus, federal tax on 130 will be less than on 140 as well so he is actually coming out ahead.

    • craigssideburns - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      There’s that….and also the Yankees suck.

    • raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Actually, he’s not. No state income taxes does not equate to no taxes. NY does have the highest overall tax burden averaging $130.79 per $1000 income. Texas is #42 at $95.49 per $1000 income. Applying that difference to the reported offers make the Yankee offer about $4M higher in value.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/total_taxes/

        (Source for the figures I used)

      • dcarroll73 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Since NY has a progressive tax rate (higher rates on higher incomes) how can your flat rate per thousand figure possibly be a correct calculation? NY state used to have a 9% top rate (may have gone down with all the other give-aways to the rich), and there is also a NYC income tax. While I realize he would only have been taxed for home and Mets series games at these rates, I still don’t think your calculation can be correct. Nobody wants to face this tax reality because it contradicts the “Yankees always have a financial advantage” mantra so beloved by jealous opponents.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        The tax thing is very complex. For simplicity I used the average to create an estimate, but my math is accurate. Don’t read too much into it–the only real point is that $130M in Texas is likely not more than $140M in New York.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Also, adding to the complexity (while also negating some the Texas tax advantage) is that professional athletes actually have to pay taxes for every state, and some cities/counties, in which they play.

        mm1956 linked a good Forbes article below. It’s worth reading. (A point I did not realize until I read it–the signing bonus might not be taxable by the state depending on how it is set up. That isn’t important in Texas with no state income tax, but it would have been a significant savings in New York.)

      • doctornature - Dec 22, 2013 at 5:31 AM

        Boras had his team of accountants run the numbers. Yankees would have had to bid $147 MM to match Texas offer. This has been widely published over the web, and though that is no guarantee it is correct, it convinced Choo. So everything else is really irrelevant.

        He is happy to play with players his age in Texas, instead of fossils in NYC.

      • braxtonrob - Dec 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        @raysfan1,
        Good analysis, but you’re list of variables to compare is too short.
        EVERYTHING in Texas costs less, a LOT less; over 7 years that adds up.

        But, let’s say for a moment the NY offer is still more money.

        Here’s the reality – Sin-Soo Choo doesn’t like you guys, he does not like NY.
        Playing for you jerks is like playing for the Devil’s entourage.
        There’s only two reasons to become a Yankee, and soon it will be clear there is only one.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        First, what do you mean “you guys?!” Did you not pay any attention to my handle? You used it in your response to me, so I know you read it. I’m a fan of the Rays. I am neither a New Yorker nor a Yankee fan. I have only been making the point that the monetary value of the Yankees’ offer–assuming the reports are accurate– to Choo is likely as much or more than the Rangers.

        Second, yes, I know and stated elsewhere that the cost of living is lower in Texas than in NY. In this thread I was only demonstrating that tax savings would likely not overcome the reported $10 million difference in the contract offers. As for that cost of living…his income is such that lower food and energy costs is of nil effect for him. Housing would be more significant, but I doubt if anyone chooses TX over NY because then they can afford an even bigger mansion.

        Lastly, I also stated elsewhere that I think market preference undoubtedly played a part in his decision–which is another way of saying that some people would simply rather live in Dallas than in NY. However, I did so respectfully and without calling anyone a “jerk.”

  19. uyf1950 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    It’s beginning to look more and more like the Mariners one big splash and pretty much only improvement in their team was and is Cano. Leaving them still a 4th place team in the AL West. Yes they signed Morrison and Hart but they also lost Ibanez and most likely Morales.

    • cur68 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      They might be all in on the Tanaka sweepstakes or, if that doesn’t work out (for whatever reason), Ubaldo. Bolstering pitching might be a better move than adding more hitting. Besides, if they lose Morales, they can get Cruz. Its not over yet on either front.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        It may not be over yet. But to paraphase Yogi Berra the Fat Lady is getting ready to sign.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Also with teams like the Yankees most likely the Dodgers and few other big market teams surely willing to go the distance for Tanaka when and if he gets posted I really don’t see the Mariners coming out on top of that battle.

      • spudchukar - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        A Freudian Typo!

      • cur68 - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        When the Fat Lady does sign, I hope she gets paid fair market value. None of this paying her less than the fat guys!

  20. sfm073 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    So what are the odds at the end of this labor agreement the owners decide they don’t want to pay these type of contracts anymore?

    • cur68 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      The owners make billions of dollars of revenue/year. They are forbidden from colluding to keep the contract rates low (I thought you people were capitalists? What with this communistic bent for agreeing on low dollars for workers? Let the free market set the price, ya commies!). ANY owner low balling players below market rates is gonna field a AA team.

      • bigharold - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        “I thought you people were capitalists? What with this communistic bent for agreeing on low dollars for workers?”

        A key tenet of capitalism is keeping labor, .. the working class, .. and the rest of the hoi polloi in their place. But, don’t confuse collusion with general short sighted “cheap skateness”. It’s mind boggling how owners can be such tightwads yet every now and again give out some asinine contract that defies logic. For a time that was the sole domain of the Yankees but the Angels have made a big splash in that area recently, . and of course the Mariners this off season.

      • spudchukar - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Big Harold, you need to go back and read Marx.

      • bigharold - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Groucho, Chico or Harpo?

      • Old Gator - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Damn, that brings back memories of that old Firesign Theater album cover….

  21. markofapro - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Don’t forget about Harrison, Philly

  22. mm1956 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    “See the thing about tax differences? That’s why its a better deal than the Yankees 140 mil.”

    For everyone talking about taxes, might want to take a look at this.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/04/15/pro-athlete-tax-returns-illustrate-complexities-of-u-s-tax-code/

  23. meatcarroll - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I Choo-Choo Choose you!

  24. sportsfan18 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Amazing.

    I never thought Boras would get him the money back from when he turned down the Yanks.

    But with no state income tax in Texas, he pretty much did.

    Plus, I’d rather play for the Rangers than the Yanks any day.

    I thought Choo said goodbye to the gravy train. I really can’t believe he got this kind of money period, but I can’t believe a second team offered him this amount.

    Just who were the Rangers bidding against? Not the Yanks. Not the Dodgers, Not the Red Sox after their signings. Not the Angels (Josh Hamilton’s contract is still being felt there). Not the Mets as they can’t spend that much.

    Not the Braves, Not the Cardinals…

    Just WHY did the Rangers offer $130 million?

    • dylanthom2013 - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      “Just who were the Rangers bidding against?”

      Um, SEA and CIN both being interested in him have been plastered all over the interwebs the last month or so. And how do you think 7/$130 mil is unreasonable, yet fail to mention NYY signing Ellsbury for $23 million more despite the fact he has missed 264 games over the last 4 seasons or ANA having to pay $30 million to Pujols when he’ll be 40?

      And we’ll be getting $80 million from the TV deal that kicks in in 2015. We’ll be able to afford Choo’s decline over the last few years of his contract.

  25. csbanter - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    One World Series win makes this a great deal. I think we tend to get caught up in looking at the years, but the bottomline especially for teams like Texas is winning a ring.

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