Posted December 21, 2013

Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers agree to seven-year, $130 million deal

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Free-agent Shin-Soo Choo ranked eighth in OPS in the National League last season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Shin-Soo Choo ranked eighth in OPS in the National League last season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal has been confirmed by multiple other reports.

The former Cincinnati Reds outfielder had a slash line of .285/.423/.462 with 21 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2013. Choo also walked 121 times last season and is considered a plus defender.

SI.com’s 2013-14 MLB Free Agent Tracker

Choo immediately becomes the Rangers’ leadoff hitter and ensures free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz won’t return to Arlington, Texas. The ex-Red joins Prince Fielder as part of a busy Texas offseason.

A big reason Choo agreed to go to the Rangers instead of taking more money from the Yankees is the lack of a state income tax in Texas, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. New York reportedly would’ve had to offer a contract totaling around $147 million just to match Texas’ offer at a post-tax level.

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Other than the Rangers and Yankees, Choo was reportedly speaking with the Reds and Mariners as well.


44 comments
OglesbyBradford
OglesbyBradford

We overpaid, but we'll be fine. A bat was needed, so here it is. As long as he stays healthy and puts up good numbers I think fellow Rangers fans will be ok.

Aggie81
Aggie81

Other teams and organizations in professional sports have taken notice of the job that JD has done for the Texas Rangers.  To bad the team across the street in Arlington has an owner who's ego doesn't believe in an GM other than himself. 



ngk11
ngk11

Im not a fan of either team, But the rangers have a better chance of making the WS then the yankees and he would pay less taxes. So it seems like a good decision on his part.

RussCobleigh1
RussCobleigh1

I still dont understand, why do these teams continue to give such huge contracts!!!do they not know that the average person/family is struggling to make ends meet?!  The average ticket prices are to high as it is.

Delusional
Delusional

Well they're gonna regret that contract.

mantle77777
mantle77777

As a Yankee fan I have mixed feelings about losing him to Texas.  On the one hand he is an on base machine and a decent corner outfielder.  On the other hand I am sick of the Yankees giving big money to 30 plus year olds.  I'm not thrilled about the Elsbury deal either because of his injury history.  I think the Beltran deal was reasonable even if they only get two productive years rather than three.  I really wish they would focus more on pitching and developing prospects than signing old outfield talent.  How many outfield/dh's can you have on one team.

stevegreen
stevegreen

Hmmm. You are a multi-millionaire and you get to choose between NYC and Arlington, TX. I guess Boras is the idiot whisperer.


JohnJohnson6
JohnJohnson6

I should point out that the team (or MLB) gets a few million in payment a year from S Korea for broadcast rights of MLB games in S Korea. And don't forget merchandise. I'm sure someone is already calling around for Rangers gear to be sold in S Korea.


If above is true, 130 is not such a bad deal for Rangers.


I heard the tv stations in s korea were broadcasting the games live, which means they are shown in the middle of night local time. But many in S Korea (and media) follow Choo and Ryu closely.



Rico1
Rico1

Let's just say that statement is true about the state tax excuse. Are you telling me that despite all those millions of insane dollars you're going to make that you were concerned about a few measly million in taxes. Well, at least you are admitting that is all about the Benjamins. 

HeadlineSurfer
HeadlineSurfer

Rangers' signing of Choo sends clear message they want to part of Nelson Cruz PED stain. Yankees may regret not giving Choo what he wanted earlier became Ellsbury could easily become another Carl Crawford injury albatross and Brtian Roberts at 2B is a stretch.

Chris10
Chris10

You know that salaries are out of control when this guy gets 130 million

Frank14
Frank14

choo = david lough.  same stats.

A M
A M

here go the Rangers ticket prices--UP AGAIN!

JeffreyLosey
JeffreyLosey

I would have thought he went to the Rangers over New York because they have a better chance to win something,  Sure, he got a few more millions because of the tax rate, but how much money does one need once you get over $100 million,,  I think he's on a better team with a better chance to win than the sideshow in NYC..

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

Pujols did not figure it out.  Cano did not figure it out.  C.J. Wilson did not get it.  It took a South Korean to understand the value of no state income tax.  And we wonder why they tutor us with algebra?  California runs a 13 point tax.  Texas teams are going to do like Texas businesses, get the best out there.  Anyone that can do math comes to Texas.  I hear that when the time comes, Mike Trout is good at math.

Horns8585
Horns8585

Texas General Manager John Daniels is doing a superb job of putting all of the pieces together for the Rangers to make a 4 to 5 year run at a World Series. He has locked up Darvish, Holland, Harrison, and Perez, which is 4/5ths of the rotation, to very reasonable contracts mid to long range deals, and they are all in their twenties. You have Andrus, Profar, Beltre and Fielder all locked up. Now an outfield of Alex Rios, Choo, and Leonys Martin....Wow.  Great job a GM seeing a need and a window of opportunity and capitalizing. I don't necessarily like the long term contracts for Choo and Fielder, because they will be in serious decline and eating big money at the end of their deals. However, the next 4 to 5 years look very solid and very secure to make a run at a title. I'm not even mentioning the plus, plus farm system JD has developed. If only the Cowboys had great GM...heck even a competent one!

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

What a stunod. Lost 10 million...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Great job borass

goathammer.mf
goathammer.mf

Good sign.  Makes the line up longer and allows Martin to hit in the 9 hole to flip line up over.  Question now is does Moreland stay or go.

HankSchrader
HankSchrader

Jacoby is a better player. Do not be confused with that injury prone tag. History shows that he got crunched by Adrian Beltre in a massive collision and he dislocated a collarbone on a slide. He's a hard worker. I will miss his presence in the lead of spot for the Sox. Did NY overpay? Sure they did but he's fun to watch and will improve that cast of corpses immediately.

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

@stevegreen I assume you are trying to be insulting to Arlington, right?  If so, please realize that he won't actually live in Arlington, just play there.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@r7appleYeah, because Texas is way down there in, you know, Texas.   Since you are using the internet you must be aware that this is the communication age,  and it is rather easy to get noticed just about anywhere. 

JohnJohnson6
JohnJohnson6

@r7apple 

That shouldn't be an issue. t doubt a mainstream US media will really pay a lot for advertising with Choo or Ryu. But Choo and Ryu are all over in advertising in S Korea and in LA, CA.

frankleetyred
frankleetyred

@Rico1lol, of course its about the money.  Professional sports are always about the money, kinda what makes them professional....

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

@Rico1 


When's the last time you turned down a raise at work?

Rico1
Rico1

@HeadlineSurfer No dude! It is Choo who will regret it. He hasn't been on a playoff team his entire career. What makes you think he will be on one now.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@A MWould you be happier if they had no good players, a low payroll, and cheaper tickets?

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

@ToddBennett I have doubts about how much the tax issue really affects any player's decision (consider: how often are state taxes mentioned by the players as the reason why they chose a particular team?).  If the article is accurate, and taxes would have been about $1 million/yr more in NY than TX, then Choo's after-tax income would be about $12 million in TX and $11 million in NY.  Not peanuts, certainly, but the actual income is high enough that I really don't think the separation in after-tax income is the issue.

A M
A M

@ToddBennettno state income tax, but properrty taxes, utilities, and insurance are high in Texas.

Aggie81
Aggie81

@Horns8585I have to agree to a point because I'm not that deep into the numbers and what's available.  I just hope that JD's decision to resign Joe Nathan doesn't come back and bite us.  Hopefully, it will turn out similar to the Josh Hamilton deal.

therantguy
therantguy

@RaymondSmithDid you actually read the article? He will make MORE money going to the Rangers with 7/130 than he would going to the Yankees for 7/140 because NY has HIGHER taxes...idiot.

JonMoore
JonMoore

@VirakChanmaybe he didnt want to play in NY. NY is very expansive to live in so his money would go a lot farther in Texas then it would in NY. For a few million you could buy a huge ranch and an awesome house where in NY a few million might get you a crappy apartment.


RobertMi11er
RobertMi11er

@VirakChan The "math" Choo did resulted in the decision that not playing for a terrible team is worth $10 million. 

RGeraldSaul
RGeraldSaul

@nyhoukcdal @stevegreen Also realize that the spotlight is much less intense in D/FW than in NYC.  Here you might actually be able to walk down the street or go to dinner without being mobbed or harassed.

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

@Rico1 @HeadlineSurfer Are you suggesting that the Yanks are more likely to make the post season than the Rangers?  I think you'd have a hard time convincing a majority of people outside the tri-state area of that notion.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@A M@ToddBennett 

And they're very high in NY and CA, as well.  The rates might be lower, but what's being taxed is far more expensive than elsewhere, leading to higher actual taxes.


It comes down to what you actually pay, not the rates.  And NY, CA, and other blue states are punitively confiscatory.

Rico1
Rico1

@therantguy @RaymondSmith Yankes were going to offer $147 at second chance, Did YOU read the article? After state taxes amount would be the same. Idiot!

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@therantguy @RaymondSmith But now you wonder if the NYY feel compelled to go to the Gov and make a beef, now that their mystique is not worth the tax to free agents.  We now see tax policy fueling competitive imbalance.  But for real, do you want to go somewhere and pay through the nose, or keep your earnings?  $$ talks.