Choo Shin-soo to Stay with Texas Rangers Despite Trade Rumors

  • By Kang Ho-chul

    August 04, 2017 10:44

    Choo Shin-soo is expected to stay with the Texas Rangers for the time being despite rumors last week that he was on his way to the Chicago White Sox as part of a last-minute trade.

    Local media reported that the Rangers were set to make a major deal with the White Sox ahead of the July 31 deadline that would have seen Choo traded.

    Choo Shin-soo

    However, the deadline came and went without any announcement on Choo, whose high salary would likely be an obstacle to any trade. He signed a seven-year deal worth US$140 million with the Rangers in 2014, but his performance has not met expectations.

    Last year he was on the disabled list four times, averaging just 0.242 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 48 games. With stats like these, no club is likely to want to acquire him unless the Rangers agree to pay off a large portion of his remaining salary.

    Choo's form has improved somewhat this season, however. He has reached base in his last 17 games, and as of Wednesday he had 82 hits with 14 home runs, 51 RBIs, 62 runs scored and nine steals.

    Meanwhile, Hwang Jae-gyun of the San Francisco Giants was sent back to the minors just five days after returning to the major league side.

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