Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Texas Rangers Sign Shin-Soo Choo

The Texas Rangers have agreed to signed free agent outfielder Shin Soo Choo to a 7-year $130 million deal. This is a big splash by the Rangers who lost star Josh Hamilton last off season and will likely lose power hitter Nelson Cruz this off season.

Adding Choo just improves this Rangers offense even more after they traded for Prince Fielder back in November.

Choo had a nice year last season for the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI, scoring 107 runs and had on OBP of .423. The 31 year old only drove in 54 runs but he was hitting lead off for a stacked Reds lineup.

Playing at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this year, which is very hitter friendly, especially in the summer time, Choo should continue to hit home runs, get on base and hopefully drive in more runs if he's not hitting lead off.

With guys like Elvis Andrus, Leonys Martin and Jurickson Profar, there is a good chance Choo will not hit leadoff and will be put into the middle of a very good lineup.

If I'm managing the 2014 Texas Rangers I'm putting together this lineup:

Leonys Martin - CF
Elvis Andrus - SS
Shin-Soo Choo - LF
Prince Fielder - 1B
Adrian Beltre - 3B
Alex Rios - RF
Mitch Moreland - DH
Jurickson Profar - 2B
Geovany Soto / J.P. Arencibia - C

Not too shabby.

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