Choi agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million deal with the Rays on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Choi appeared in 83 games during 2021 and hit .229/.348/.411 with 11 homers, 14 doubles, 45 RBI and 36 runs in 305 plate appearances. He should see plenty of time at first base next season, especially with Yandy Diaz likely to see more time at third base following the departure of Joey Wendle.
Choi is out of the lineup Monday for the Rays' Game 4 matchup with the Red Sox in the ALDS, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. With a lefty (Eduardo Rodriguez) on the bump for Boston, the lefty-hitting Choi will take a seat for Game 4. Jordan Luplow fills in for Choi at first base.
Choi went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 14-6 loss to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. Choi wasn't in the lineup for Friday's matchup, but he entered the game in the top of the fourth inning. His homer in the sixth inning brought the Rays within two runs, but the team was unable to keep up with Boston's strong offensive performance in Game 2. The 30-year-old has now recorded extra-base hits in three of his last five games.
Choi is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. Choi will sit for the second straight game to open the playoffs with lefty Chris Sale pitching for Boston. Jordan Luplow will receive another start at first base for Tampa Bay.
Choi isn't starting Game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Choi will get a breather for the Rays' first postseason matchup with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for Tampa Bay. Jordan Luplow will start at first base and bat sixth.