You have to admit, the Texas Rangers like making a splash.
The Rangers bolstered their offense Saturday by agreeing to a seven-year deal worth $130 million with former Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The deal is pending a physical.
Choo hit 20 home runs and stole 21 bases for the Cincinnati Reds last season.
The Reds acquired Choo in a three-team trade last December. The Indians ended up getting outfielder Drew Stubbs, pitcher Trevor Bauer, and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw when all was said and done.
The Rangers earlier this offseason acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers.
It’s a bold move by Texas, getting a leadoff hitter with a knack for getting on base (.423 OBP last season). Elvis Andrus could hit second, followed by Fielder and Adrian Beltre.
Not a bad top of the order.
Not a bad offseason for the Rangers.
But that’s too much money for a player who has yet to hit more than 22 home runs in a season. He’s a career .289 hitter and his best total for steals in a season is 22.
Now, we’ll just have to wait and see if a nice lineup on paper translates onto the field. Ask the Angels how well going after big-name players works in the offseason.
– Rick Green