The Texas Rangers admit that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo would be a tremendous upgrade to their roster. In fact, the Rangers would prefer to sign Choo and keep slugger Nelson Cruz as the backup option during the 2013 Winter Meetings.
Unfortunately, it appears that Choo’s expensive price tag is simply too much for Texas, which is why they are reportedly out unless the price comes down.
“Teams that have talked with the Rangers in the last 24 hours say TEX feels Shin-Soo Choo is going to be far too expensive for them,” ESPN senior baseball writer Buster Olney tweeted.
The fact is Choo wants a contract that is seven years and roughly $142-153 million. Obviously, that is asking way too much for a player who doesn’t bring enough power to the plate, isn’t a talented enough center fielder and is someone that will need to platoon later in his career.
The Rangers have been able to stay at the top for many years because of the smart decisions management makes. Not every move the organization has executed has been beneficial. However, the team has succeeded for the most part. Signing Choo to a long-term deal that is far above his worth is not smart, which is why Texas will most likely put the full-court press on Cruz.
Cruz will reportedly ask for a three- or four-year deal and he will be far less expensive. Not to mention, he brings plenty of power to the lineup.
If Choo soon finds out that no team is biting on a $142 million contract and decides to drop the price then look for the Rangers to be back in the discussion. The 31-year-old is an incredibly talented leadoff hitter who would make Texas a very dangerous team in 2014, which is why the fans would love to see him come to Arlington.