Over a year after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds, Shin-Soo Choo has found himself yet another new home after signing a seven-year/130 million dollar deal with the Texas Rangers.
This deal was quite obviously way outside the parameters that the Reds were willing to go to with so much money already invested in franchise cornerstones and others such as Mat Latos and Homer Bailey needing new contracts in the near future.
Barring a trade, which is still entirely feasible, it seems that logic would tell us that Billy Hamilton will be the centerfielder on Opening Day, March 31.
Choo had himself one of his finest years in a big league uniform this past season as a member of the Reds. He was, and still is, highly critiqued for his inability to hit against left-handed pitching, but his numbers steadily improved as the season went on. It may be impossible to replicate what Choo meant to the top of the lineup last season, but whatever void he has left, hopefully Billy Hamilton can replace with his legs.
As always, it would be great to see Choo do well over in Texas and since the Reds don’t have the Rangers on the schedule this year, fans can still follow and root for the man dubbed “Mr. Choo”.