Shin-Shoo Choo finally got his long-coveted seven-year contract thanks to the Texas Rangers. Jon Heyman reports the free agent outfielder came to terms today with the Rangers. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News estimates the deal will be worth around $130 million averaging over $18.5 million per season.
Choo reportedly turned down an offer worth at least $140 million from the Yankees earlier in the free agency period. Either way, he remained the last “big” player yet to sign in the wake of the Winter Meetings. It took a little time, but another Scott Boras client got paid.
Last year in Cincinnati, the 31-year-0ld posted a .285/.423/.462 line. He should have plenty of chances to score runs with Prince Fielder now hitting behind him in the Rangers lineup. It’s hard to argue with the talent of Choo, especially vs. righties, however seven years seems a bit long — but that’s the current market for outfielders of his profile.