Posted December 18, 2013

Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down Yankees’ 7-year, $140M offer

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For a career, Shin-Soo Choo has a .288 batting average, 900 hits, 104 home runs and 427 RBIs. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Shin-Soo Choo has a career .288 batting average, 900 hits, 104 home runs and 427 RBIs. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Free agent Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Yankees this offseason, according to a report Wednesday from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, reportedly declined the Yankees’ offer on his client’s behalf and asked for a deal commensurate with the one New York made with Jacoby Ellsbury, or $153 million over seven years. The Yankees pulled the offer, ultimately deciding to move forward without Choo and instead inked Carlos Beltran to a three year, $45 million contract.

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The Yankees declined to comment on the reported offer to Choo, according to Passan, but multiple teams currently have active offers out to Choo, including the Houston Astros. To put the Astros’ pursuit into perspective, the Astros entire roster at points last season had less of a salary than the deal Choo is reportedly requesting. The Texas Rangers were also believed to be interested in Choo’s services but “have shifted their focus” to Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka, according to Passan.

The 31-year-old center fielder last suited up for the Reds. He has also played for the Cleveland Indians and got his major league start with the Seattle Mariners in 2005. For a career, he has a .288 batting average, 900 hits, 104 home runs and 427 RBIs.

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107 comments
Michael10
Michael10

An offer of twenty million a year --and he wants more?


I guess beggars can't be Choo-sers...

abhineet.gosain
abhineet.gosain

He is a good player and would love to have him play for Cards, but where would he be playing... Bench??

Jai2
Jai2

Maybe he doesn't want to be a Yankee.  There are players with souls you know

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

Choo will get less than that unless he can locate a desperate team like the Nationals, Angels, Mariners, or someone new to the 30+ decline fan club.

6marK6
6marK6

Looks like he did not CHOO to play for them. Do you see what I did there? 

StevedeKater
StevedeKater

If Choo-Choo Coleman married Shin-Soo Choo, he'd be Choo-Choo Choo.

Sneeral
Sneeral

If the Yankees really did make such a ridiculous offer, I'm glad it got tuned down.

dl0007
dl0007

$20 million a year is not enough? Send this dude on a slow boat back to China or whatever part of Asia he comes from ASAP!

BC27
BC27

This guy has only had a couple good years and at 31 he thinks that he's worth 7 yrs. 153 million. If Ellsbury wasn't worth his deal than this guy is not worth his. At least Ellsbury has won two rings and has had some really good years.

eddie767
eddie767

If this is true,Boras' client should all start looking for other agents. Choo is 31 and Boras turned $141 mil.down,imo that's straight up dumb and stupid. Granted he's never been injured or anything else,but come on that's alot for a 31 yr old.

JasonFlook
JasonFlook

He's 31. No team should be offering him that much money over 7 years.

turbojerry
turbojerry

Maybe he turned it down because he wants to win?

oasis1994
oasis1994

1. This is just a report with no fact.


2. If true, Boras is dumb and Choo should fire him. 140 million for this guy! Give me a break!

slickwilly
slickwilly

And all Yankee fans breathe a collective sigh of relief. 

7 years, $140 Million for Choo....REALLY!!! Get out of here!

MichaelC
MichaelC

Dont' blame Choo. Blame Boras - he's the guy getting paid huge amounts of money to represent/advise Choo and make sure he gets maximum dollars. I'm sure Boras told Choo to hold out for more dough.


Sometimes, the agent blinks. Sometimes, the team blinks. This time around, the Yanks "won."

MrArlington
MrArlington

Yankees made a wise move to tell Choo to hit the road and go with Beltran instead. I don't see Choo getting a deal at this amount or higher.

BuzzFrankacott
BuzzFrankacott

Why exactly is Boras still seen as a super agent?

RichW
RichW

He isn't worth that much. He is aging and can't hit lefties.

Marchoir
Marchoir

This stuff has gotten way beyond ridiculous.

Starstruck
Starstruck

What are the statistics on declining performance of these Asians in their mid 30's. Those numbers are probably available in Asia. BTW, do Asian teams have guaranteed contracts, or do they just release players when they hit the wall....BTW, Cano's camp probably heard the numbers thrown at Choo - as well as Ellsbury - and realized Cano should shop elsewhere. 

ryusu
ryusu

Pitchers were trying to avoid Choo so much. Choo's at-bats, You do not know how many pitchers have been changed .

6marK6
6marK6

@Sneeral Why? He is a good ballplayer that would make the Yankees better. What do you care how they spend their money, there is no salary cap.

6marK6
6marK6

@dl0007 you stay classy. and if he was black we would send him back to Africa. white and back to Europe. 

6marK6
6marK6

@BC27 Actually, he KNOWS he can get it. 

dl0007
dl0007

@eddie767 


At 10% right off the top, I believe that equates to $14 million for Boras! I realize times are tough and these guys got to suck out every dime they can! If he does end up in New York, beer will go up to $15 a throw instead of the $10 or $12 it is now! Only in America!

Michael10
Michael10

@oasis1994It's ultimately a player's decision to reject an offer.  Boras is just feeding Choo the same crap he feeds all his clients -- "you're super special," "no one appreciates you like I do" -- and Choo is eating it up by the shovelful...

RichardCHamilton
RichardCHamilton

Don't blame Choo? He pays Boras to represent him. Choo just turned 7 years with the Yankees and NY endorsements. And $140,000,000 to boot. Sounds crazy to me. Choo had to sign off on this fiasco. He alone is to blame. A career .288 hitter. Give me a break.

j7apple
j7apple

@MichaelC I love when an agent  calls a teams bluff and loses, especially when its Boras..

ks14enc
ks14enc

@MarchoirSo true. "Rejecting." Makes me laugh. Of course, some will say that's not market value and I say who the hell cares! Turning down $ 140 mil? Of course, it's all part of the negotiating game. Just like Cano turning down outrageous amounts of money and in the end he got far more than most of us imagined he would.

Michael10
Michael10

@j7appleFirst you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women...

at least he's learned the language.

Starstruck
Starstruck

@j7apple Korean people generally don't like Americans, so greed is their only reason to stay here. 

inthepresent
inthepresent

@ks14enc @Marchoir the primary difference being, we could all imagine some other team offering cano more $. very few on this board, however, could imagine choo ending up with more than the offer being discussed.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Starstruck @j7apple So they're greedy?  Even if they hate Americans, I guess that makes them a lot like Americans (at least the one's at the top).  

DanielDavids3
DanielDavids3

@RichardCHamilton @funkmasterdeuce @Starstruck Wow, you're both idiots. If you're lumping people into a continent, then all North American players are the same. That means American players are going to decline at the same rate as the Dominicans and Cubans. Right.