Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team was in no hurry to rush out to make a quick signing. They had lost Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli last season and had lost Nelson Cruz and David Nelson this offseason. It looked like their World Series squad was completely disintegrating. According to ESPN on Dec. 21, Texas took their first step in reloading their roster in the free agent period with the signing of Shin-Soo Choo.
With Robinson Cano heading to the division rival Seattle Mariners and Jacoby Ellsbury heading to the New York Yankees, Choo was the biggest offensive player remaining on the market. Signing Choo will cost Texas their first round draft pick but when someone signs Cruz, the Rangers will get a compensatory pick for his loss.
The Shin-Soo Choo signing is a seven-year, $130 million deal.
Choo joins fellow newcomer Prince Fielder in the Rangers' 2014 lineup, although Fielder came when the Rangers traded longtime star Ian Kinsler to Detroit for the star. Choo is a great signing because he will give Texas the speed it lost when they traded Kinsler. Over nine seasons, Choo has a .389 on-base percentage.
The Texas Rangers outfield for 2014 looks completely different than it did when Texas went to back-to-back World Series appearances. Gone are Hamilton, Cruz and Nelson and in their place are Choo, Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.