Arlington, TX, United States (4E Sports) – As part of their buildup for next season, the Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year contract worth $130 million.
The Rangers have not confirmed the deal but according to sources, Choo will need to pass a physical before the contract is finalized.
Earlier, the Rangers have added slugging first baseman Prince Fielder via trade for Ian Kinsler.
The 31-year-old Choo had the fourth-highest on-base percentage in the Majors in 2013 for the Reds at .423, trailing only Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto and Mike Trout.
Choo hit .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBIs, 107 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in his season with the Cincinnati Reds after playing the previous seven years for the Indians.
He originally was signed by the Mariners in 2000 as an international free agent out of South Korea.
Choo was traded by Seattle to Cleveland in 2006 just as he was beginning his Major League career, then was sent to the Reds prior to last season.
The left-handed-hitting Choo has a career line of .288/.389/.465 with an .854 OPS, and he has averaged 19 stolen bases per year over the past five seasons.
With Choo’s acquisition, the Rangers will go with the trio of Choo in left, Leonys Martin in center and Alex Rios in right.
The Rangers went 91-71 last year, but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009. They were in the top four in on-base percentage in the American League from 2010-12, but fell to seventh last year at .323.