The deal is reportedly about ten million dollars less than Choo was offered by the New York Yankees earlier in the offseason, but with his options beginning to dry up the veteran needed to take what he could – a contract the Rangers were more than happy to provide.
Not only were the Rangers able to snag Choo and keep him away from a rival, but they were able to backload his contract meaning they’ll have more financial flexibility:
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#Rangers shifted $5M from first year of seven-year $130M deal to 2016 and ’17, creating additional flexibility for ’14.
Texas is said to be in the market for a bench bat, a reliever and a back of the rotation starter so that extra five million dollars in space should help put a ding into their wishlist.
Of course, with both Prince Fielder and now Choo eating into their payroll, Texas may need to shed some salary down the road but for right now, the extra funds should help round out their 2014 roster.