Well, I suppose that free agent outfielder did not price himself out of Arlington after all. It appears that Shin Soo-Choo has agreed on a seven-year deal with the Texas Rangers. I had mentioned in an article earlier that there was a chance Choo would have been too expensive for the Rangers to sign, and he might not have a chance at a deal similar to what he turned down.
The deal is reportedly for seven years, $130 million and includes no opt-out clauses or options. It is less than the New York Yankees offered him during the Winter Meetings which just means he didn’t want to play in the Bronx, and I think you are going to start seeing that more and more as the years go by.
With this signing the Rangers landed themselves a quality leadoff guy who is a “get on base” kind of player. This solidifies their outfield as well and bolsters their lineup in the process. Michael Choice, who was acquired last month, is now the odd man out but could still make the club out of spring training.
The Rangers were pretty solid to begin with, but they just made things even more difficult in the American League West. It is going to be a fantastically competitive season in that division and in the American League overall.
Texas could be done making moves now, but as they have shown you can’t count them out until the season officially starts.
John Ginder is a contributor for the Texas Rangers for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jginderthw.