Astros fans can now breathe a sigh of relief that the team didn’t overspend on a player that will surely see his numbers decline before his lucrative contract runs out. The good news is, Choo’s signing will help to handcuff the rival Rangers’ financially during the late 2010s.
I had a pretty strong feeling that Choo would end up in Arlington. Now it’s time to say “I told you so”. And I couldn’t be happier.
I thought it was pretty obvious that Choo was going to be coming to the American League West — but not to Houston. The Rangers desperately needed another bat in the outfield. The Angels, having already parted ways with Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos, are always in on the big name Free Agents as well. Los Angeles has already crippled themselves financially over the past two offseasons by signing aging veterans Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. It’s nice to see the Rangers following suit. Choo has reportedly “settled” for $130 million.
Shin-Soo Choo (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)