Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will head to Texas.
Choo has reached an agreement on a seven-year deal that will bring him $130 million from the Texas Rangers.
Choo will be required to pass a physical before the deal is official, which Grant Balfour couldn’t do for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday.
The deal will not include an opt-out clause, but will include a limited no-trade provision and a performance bonus package.
In 2013, Choo was one of the top leadoff hitters in the league for the Cincinnati Reds with a .423 on-base percentage. He ended last season with a .285 batting average, 21 homers, 54 RBIs, 20 steals and 107 runs scored.
At the age of 31, Choo currently holds a career .288 batting average with a .389 on-base percentage in nine seasons.
Choo will team up with the newly added Prince Fielder for Texas to lead a revamped Rangers offense.
Scott Boras, Choo’s agent, was pursuing a bigger deal than Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million agreement with the Washington Nationals three years ago. And, with Choo’s new deal with the Rangers, he has succeeded.
Meanwhile, the Reds tried to keep Choo in their organization by offering the star a $14.1 million qualifying offer. Choo rejected the offer earlier this month.
The Rangers will be forced to forfeit their first-round draft pick to sign Choo, but at least the team will now be able to fill a void in their batting lineup by leading off with their newly acquired star.
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