Where will Shin-Soo Choo play baseball in 2014 and beyond? That is one of the great mysteries currently confronting our species. All we can say with certainty right now is that he will not be playing with the Yankees. Not after turning down the offer the Yankees made him.
I mean maybe the Yankees will come back around at some point and offer Choo more than the 7-year, $140 million deal they already put out there, but I doubt it.
All right Shin-Soo Choo, what game are you playing? You think you can get more than seven years, $140 million?
Well in fact yes, yes he does. Or at least his agent Scott Boras does. Boras looked at seven years, $140 million from the Yankees – I imagine him sitting across from Brian Cashman in the diner from Seinfeld for some reason – and came back with, “No way. I want Ellsbury money.”
Ellsbury money equals seven years, $153 million. The Yankees said no way right back at you Scott Boras. So Choo will search for employment elsewhere.
But where will that elsewhere end up being? Probably not the Rangers, who reportedly are set to go all-in on Masahiro Tanaka (them and half the teams in the league according to experts), leaving no money for Choo.
Could he end up with the Astros? That’s a possibility. Though it seems strange talking about the Astros as a landing spot for a major free agent.
The Orioles? The Mariners? The Tigers? These teams are all believed to be in on Choo.
Some major league team will have Choo batting at the top of their order next year. And they will be paying him way too much money.