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Choo is a Ranger, That is a Relief


It should not come as a surprise to any regular visitors of this site that I was beyond relieved to hear the news that Shin-Soo Choo signed with the Texas Rangers. Let the Rangers make a seven year mistake that will cost them $130 million.

In fairness, the Choo contract will not be a mistake for the first three or four seasons. Regardless of the fact that it seems at times that the Rangers are operating without any semblance of a plan, they are built to win now. The Prince Fielder trade was a perfect example of that, and teaming their new slugger with Choo will improve their lineup. At a minimum, the last two years of this contract will ultimately prove to be an albatross. But that does not matter if Choo helps them make the playoffs before that point.

The Astros and Jeff Luhnow have a legitimate plan that they have been following for the last two years. Committing seven years and $130 million to Choo would have been a clear, and potentially devastating, deviation from that plan. Although, if Luhnow would have been able to “steal” Choo at a discount in terms and years or dollars, then that would have been a different story.

What is clear, is that we are in a different era of baseball in Houston. Previously one of two things would have happened. Either Choo would have been signed to an outlandish contract to create an illusion that the Astros would be competitive and the franchise would have been hamstrung, or the Astros would never have even been in the discussion for a big ticket free agent.

At this point, I think the major off-season shopping is done for Luhnow, but I could see a few more complementary additions being made. We also must remember that the three biggest additions to the 2014 Astros will come from within, George Springer, Jonathan Singleton, and Mark Appel.

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  • astrosince1975

    The Rangers will definitely be good for the next 3 years or so. But when they get to the tail end of those 2 contracts (Choo & Fielder) things could get ugly in Arlington. Maybe the plan is to try to trade them after a few good seasons.

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  • sdtitan

    Ray, I hope you’re right about Singleton, but don’t see him or Springer in the Opening Day line-up. Jeff will start the season auditioning Wallace/Carter/Guzman in the 1B/DH to see who stays and who gets traded.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      I think there is a better chance of Springer than Singleton, but regardless they both will be here soon. They need to be. And especially in the case of Springer, if they keep in the minors for two months to save on the arbitration status, I will not be happy about that. He has nothing left to prove in the minors

  • 1oldpro

    The new era we are in is the losing era.
    I am as gung ho as anyone about our prospects, but the only people who see this as a win are the people who have websites that thrive on talk. Choo would have been the best player on our team and we have to face some of the best baseball players in the world in our division with blanks in our 45′s and it will continue that way for years as long as super Astros fans and buddies of Luhnow continue to be satisfied with nothing.
    To think you guys have the nerve to say this is just going to be good for the Rangers for four years and then will hurt them is ludicrous, when their ballpark is full every night and MMP is empty. Absolutely ludicrous. Losing baseball sucks and you guys just suck up and make this out to be some kind of fantasy.
    The Astros had the worst pitching, defense, offense and baserunning in baseball last year and you are perfectly content to say let’s do the same thing.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      I see what you are saying, but getting Choo wouldnt do anything about the bullpen that was beyond dreadful last season, or the starting rotation that left a lot to be desired. Totally agreed that Choo would make the astros better, but i think at most he adds maybe 5 wins. So he brings the Astros from 70 to 75 wins, does that really matter? Personally, I would have taken Ellsbury and his contract over Choo and his. I just don’t think Choo is a difference maker. The player I wanted the Astros to sign was Granderson. And I also wouldn’t be in objection to Nelson Cruz on a 3 year deal.