The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has signed free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year, $130M contract. With this signing, the Rangers appear to have their leadoff spot taken care of through the 2020 season.
“Choo was the perfect fit,” said Jon Daniels, general manager and president of baseball operations for the Rangers. “His skill set and personality, his goals and desires, lines up with what our club needs. If you look at his performance over the last few years, he’s one of the most productive offensive players in the game. We get a sense he is truly driven.”
Choo played last season with the Cincinnati Reds, batting .285 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI. He also established career highs in runs scored, walks, and on-base percentage. Choo was named the Reds Most Valuable Player after the campaign.
“The first thing I was looking for was a winning team,” said Choo. “That was most important. Then I thought about my family and how comfortable was the city, the Korean community. Everything came together. The Texas Rangers were the best fit for me. It was very easy to pick this team.”
Over the last six seasons, Choo has batted .290 with a .392 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage. The only other players with figures as high as Choo over that span include Miguel Cabrera, Chipper Jones, Joe Mauer, Albert Pujols and Joey Votto.