ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Choo Shin-soo will be the leadoff hitter for the Texas Rangers in an offense they feel they have successfully remade this offseason.
Choo was formally introduced Friday, nearly a week after agreeing to a $130 million, seven-year deal.
“It was a perfect fit,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “His skill set, his personality, his personal goals and desires really lineup up perfectly with ours and what our club needed. . . . He’s really been one of the most productive offensive players in the game for a period of time now.”
Choo has a .288 career average and .389 on-base percentage in 853 major league games for Seattle (2005-06), Cleveland (2006-12) and Cincinnati (2013).
Choo has at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases three times, including last season.
With numerous teams interested during free agency, Choo said he was looking for a winning team and somewhere his wife and three children would be comfortable.
“The Texas Rangers were the best fit for me,” Choo said. “It was very easy to pick.”