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Shin-Soo Choo signs with Texas Rangers: MLB reacts


Major League Baseball teams will have more money to spend in coming years thanks to a booming television deal that is on the way. That might mask some bad contracts, but we still have to sit up and take notice when guys sign contracts valued over $100 million. That is the case with today’s news that the Texas Rangers have signed Shin-Soo Choo. Jon Heyman had the report for CBS, including the terms of the deal:

That is a lot to pay for a guy who hit .285 last season. Perhaps that is the cause for trepidation for those who are skeptical of such a big contract. David Cameron of FanGraphs is one such person:

But his .423 on-base percentage in 2013 was astoundingly good and makes him a nice fit in a lineup that is already loaded. That fact stoked some excitement from other writers about the offense the Rangers will now tout:

All in all, this signing pairs nicely with the addition of Prince Fielder this off-season. The Rangers are also going to maximize Choo’s value by getting him out of center field, where he was an abomination defensively last season for the Cincinnati Reds (his -16.9 UZR was far and away the worst mark among all Major League center fielders). Now he can just worry about getting on base and scoring a bunch of runs.

$130 million is a big number for Choo, but there is no denying that the Rangers have set him up for success next season and beyond.

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