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Report: Rangers did not offer Shin-Soo Choo seven-year contract

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Rangers are going hard after Shin-Soo Choo.
The Rangers are going hard after Shin-Soo Choo. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: The Rangers have not made a seven-year offer to Choo, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the two sides are still talking, however.

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According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have made a seven-year contract offer to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The deal is worth less than the $153 million the Yankees gave Jacoby Ellsbury last week.

Choo, 31, has already rejected a six-year offer from Texas according to Sullivan. The two sides sat down for a two-hour meeting at some point prior to this week's Winter Meetings. Even though the offer is smaller than Ellsbury's, perhaps around $130 million, it is said to be strong enough for Choo to consider.

In 154 games for the Reds this past season, Choo hit .285/.423/.462 (143 OPS+) with 21 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He would give the Rangers a second big left-handed bat to pair with Prince Fielder and complement the right-handed Adrian Beltre.

The Rangers had a roughly league average offense this season (99 OPS+), before 27-home run man Nelson Cruz became a free agent. Fielder will improve the offense and so would Choo, substantially at that.

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