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MLB News and Rumors: Choo, Rangers agree to deal

MLB News and Rumors: Choo, Rangers agree to deal
December 22, 2013
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With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Saturday, December 21st.

Top Stories

  • Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a mega deal with the Rangers, for seven-years and $130 million. Ken Rosenthal reported that $5 million of the contract will be shifted from the first year of the contract to 2016 and 2017, to enable the Rangers to have more financial flexibility for 2014. With the additions of Choo and Prince Fielder, along with last year's acquisition of Alex Rios, it appears that the Rangers will not have the money to bring back Nelson Cruz.

Other News and Notes

  • The Indians have agreed to Minor League contracts with pitchers Gabriel Arias, Rainer Florez, and Jose Nina.
  • Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger reported that the Yankees will bid on Masahiro Tanaka if he is made available, but GM Brian Cashman also feels comfortable going with in-house options to fill out the rotation.
  • Brett Pill of the Giants has accepted an offer to play in Korea for the KIA Tigers, for a base salary of $250 thousand.
  • Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted that the Indians spoke with Kevin Youkilis about playing for Cleveland in 2014 before the veteran accepted an offer to play in Japan for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
  • Hoynes also said that the Indians could add more players to their roster, but it will likely come through trades and Minor League signings.
  • Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle listed the Yankees, Tigers, Rockies, Angels, and Rays as teams that could be interested in Grant Balfour.

User Comments

December 24, 2013 - 8:49 AM EST
Choo has had over 600 plate appearances in four of the last five seasons. He's a consistent 20 HR/20 SB guy who hits for average and power. He'll put up big numbers in that Texas ballpark.

I wonder how the Reds feel about giving up top shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius for one year of Shin-Soo Choo?
Rich S.
December 22, 2013 - 6:53 PM EST
If I were commissioner I would fine the Rangers for extreme stupidity. Boras must hire a hypnotist to work in the negotiation room to convince the Rangers that the money and the years aren't insane.
December 22, 2013 - 12:41 PM EST
The minor league contracts the Indians signed yesterday, Who are these guys. Are they invited to major league camp or is this depth for Columbus?
December 22, 2013 - 12:15 PM EST
Certainly makes the Rangers better in the short term, but man, Between Choo and Fielder, that's a lot of money owed to two guys who probably won't be very good in a couple years, and who are pretty much already untradeable. I also fully expect Choo to revert back to the overall average guy he was in 2011-2012, now that he got his money he'll start jumping back from those inside pitches again. But he's better than Nelson Cruz and there's a good chance his addition puts them to the top of the West.
December 22, 2013 - 11:36 AM EST
Are Choo's contract last years tied to performance criteria? If not, I think this is panicked deal by the Rangers. I mean 18.5 million at age 38? Hasn't Choo had injury issues in the past? And finally, he is a 280 hitter with 21 HR and 54 RBIs. What is going on?

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