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Saturday, December 21, 2013

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

By on 12/21/2013 12:30:00 PM

The Texas Rangers were the favorites to land Shin-Soo Choo, but were thought to be slowing their pursuit of him in order to have a chance to land Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. With doubts about Tanaka coming to MLB, the Rangers picked up their pursuit of Choo and have agreed to a deal with him.

The Rangers agreed to a seven-year, $130 million deal with free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Now that the Rangers have locked up Choo, it all but takes them out of the running for Tanaka. They were looking to improve their lineup this offseason and have done so in a big way. Prior to Choo, they Rangers acquired Prince Fielder in a trade with the Detroit Tigers.

Last season with the Cincinnati Reds, Choo hit .285 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI's. This deal gives the Rangers one of the best lineups in baseball.

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