July 25, 2014

MLB News: Shin-Soo Choo turns down $140 million from Yankees

The Cleveland Indians’ track record is far from perfect, but it appears they were right on the mark with regard to Shin-Soo Choo. Choo was an absolute steal when the Indians traded Ben Broussard for him before the 2006 MLB season. The team also sold pretty high on him when they traded him to the Reds for Drew Stubbs and Trevor Bauer. Even as WFNY has debated what Choo would garner on the open market, I really had no idea that it would come to this. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that Choo turned down $140 million from the New York Yankees.

In the aftermath of Robinson Cano’s defection to Seattle, New York presented Choo a seven-year, $140 million deal, three sources outside the Yankees’ organization told Yahoo Sports. When Boras countered asking for more money – one source indicated he wanted “Ellsbury money,” or $153 million over seven years – the Yankees pulled the offer and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.

That’s right. The Yankees preferred to sign a three-year deal with a guy who is going to be 37 years-old near the end of April than offer any more than the $140 million they offered to Choo.

None of this is to mock out Choo, who I loved as a Cleveland Indians regular. The point is just how crazy the market has become for even somewhat flawed players. I loved Choo’s bat and loved watching him throw the ball in from the outfield, but to call him an All-Star level player is likely only occasionally true when he’s having a particularly good season.

Or maybe the market’s not as crazy as I thought. The Yankees walked away.

[Related: MLB Trade News: Indians reportedly trade Drew Stubbs to Rockies]

  • boomhauertjs

    I think Choo would have a hard time in New York, especially if he put pressure on himself to live up to that big contract. I thought he would struggle last year because of his impending free agency, so maybe he’s gotten over those types of struggles that seemed to affect him as an Indian.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    Every time these stories come out, the first person I think of is Craig.

  • mgbode

    I agree with boom that Choo can struggle when he tried to do too much and a huge contract may just do that.

    But, I wholeheartedly disagree with Craig: to call him an All-Star level player is likely only occasionally true when he’s having a particularly good season

    OPS+ the last few seasons:
    151, 136, 147, 107*, 129, 143
    *this was the year he was hurt and only played 85 games. played in at least 144 games in all other years and 154 or better in 4 of those 5 seasons.

    Depending on the year, position, anything over 125 can be worthy of an allstar selection especially with his defense (from RF, not CF). Add in the fan-vote of playing for the Yankees and he would be a perennial allstar putting up those numers in NYC.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    Strangely enough, so do I… :-)

  • Natedawg86

    At least he wouldn’t have to drive

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Anything that makes Boras look like an idiot is good news. Imagine explaining that one to Choo, “Yea….so we had $140M offer, but I wanted a new house in Hawaii so I pushed back and….well, its gone. All gone.”

  • Garry_Owen

    In other news, two people (or groups of people) last night won the Mega Millions lottery, with each set to take home approximately the same amount of money. How surreal is it that there are people on this earth that can just say “no” to that much money? I mean, good for him, but my mind is completely blown.

  • Steve

    After seeing Fielder’s contract, I don’t get the idea that Boras is going to end up looking like an idiot.

  • Harv 21

    my mind also blown. The cigar Boras jabbed at the Yanks might have just blown up in his face. Angels already have $125m invested in their current right fielder, have Trout in center and Pujols’s bloated contract to pay. Boras better find two rich and stupid teams to outbid each other quick or he’ll have some serious ‘splainin’ to do.

  • Kildawg

    Texas is heavily involved in Choo rumors, Houston!!!!! has also been linked, and I don’t think Seattle is done spending their Nintendo money yet.

  • mgbode

    and don’t forget the pizzapizza money

  • nj0

    Meh. Not sure I buy this. Off season rumors need to be taken with a grain of salt.

  • nj0

    Not sure how much you make, but I’m guessing a good portion of the world population would consider it surreal that you (or I) would turn down working for $7.25 an hour.

  • nj0

    That was my first reaction. They were burying Boras at this time last year over Fielder too. Man, people love to hate on Boras.

  • Garry_Owen

    Oh sure, make me feel guilty. Isn’t making me feel crazy enough for you for one day?
    And let’s just say I make something between $7.25/hour and $140 million over 4 years.

  • Natedawg86

    … The Yankees offered 140….but I guess we will still take 120…