Shin-Soo Choo to Rangers rumors have been proven correct. The Texas Rangers just landed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in a seven-year, $130 million deal. A report from ESPN on Saturday (Dec. 21) confirms that the two sides have come to an official agreement. Now all that's left in the negotiations is for the free agent to pass a team physical. Assuming he does, it will send another big-name free agent to the American League West.
Last season for the Cincinnati Reds, Choo was one of the best leadoff hitters in Major League Baseball. He posted a batting average of .285 and an amazing on-base percentage of .423. That mark ranked him among the top four hitters in all of baseball. Add in the 21 home runs, 20 steals, and 107 runs scored and it is very clear that the Rangers just got immensely better at the top of the order.
Attaining a free agent of this caliber should allow the team to overcome losing power hitter Nelson Cruz to free agency. Trading for Prince Fielder from the Detroit Tigers doesn't hurt either, as it really helps this offense take the next step forward. Fans will be hard pressed to find a better lineup in all of baseball than what the Texas Rangers have now put together for the 2014 MLB season.
Many different Shin-Soo Choo rumors had been out there about where he might potentially sign, but it always seemed like he could be the perfect fit in Texas. Now the Cincinnati Reds may have to scramble to figure out what they will do at the top of the lineup next year.
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