Rangers betting big on Shin-Soo Choo 

December, 21, 2013
12/21/13
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Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers on Saturday.Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesShin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
The Texas Rangers' deal with Shin-Soo Choo makes them the best team in the American League West on paper, and perhaps the best or second-best team in the league via that same medium, but it’s an awfully lengthy deal for a player who has a large hole in his game and is already 31 years old.

Choo is one of the majors' best on-base threats, filling a critical need for a Rangers lineup that was far less potent in 2013 without Josh Hamilton and with Elvis Andrus having a rough season. Even if Choo's walk spike was just a Chone Figgins-esque walk-year performance, he's still a good bet for a .390 or better OBP, and his left-handed power should fare well in the Ballpark in Arlington.