169016861_crop_northThe Texas Rangers made a big splash in free agency today by signing Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract.


Earlier in the week, Passan reported that Choo turned down a seven-year, $140 million dollar deal from the New York Yankees.

Last season, Choo was a vital part of the Cincinnati Reds offense, hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 20 stolen bases as the team’s leadoff hitter. The 31-year-old outfielder’s .423 on-base-percentage was the fourth-highest in the league.

Choo’s combination of speed, plate discipline, and ability to hit for average make him one of the better leadoff hitters in the league.

Choo played center field last year for the Reds, but he spent the first seven years of his career playing right field in Cleveland.

Texas has one of the best infields in the league, but the team’s outfield needed work. Signing Choo is a good first step to help solidifying that part of their team.

By Mike Lucas


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