Choo turned down seven-year deal from Yankees

Shin-Soo Choo

Robinson Cano wasn’t the only free agent that wasn’t fond of the contract offer the Yankees gave him.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Shin-Soo Choo turned down a 7-year, $140 Million deal after the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7-year, $153 Million deal. Scott Boras (who is Choo’s agent) reportedly asked for Ellsbury money (both Ellsbury and Choo are Boras clients) but the Yankees signed Carlos Beltran for a 3 year contract instead.

With New York no longer a fit for Choo, Boras and Choo will now have to look elsewhere to get the $140 Million the Yankees initially offered. The Texas Rangers are reportedly interested in Choo, but they are only interested in going five years with the free agent right fielder.

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20 Responses to Choo turned down seven-year deal from Yankees

  1. James Dogg says:

    This is kind of amazing. The increase they offered Choo is greater then the increase they gave Ellsbury based upon their previous salary– and Choo is older and less of a dynamic addition to any marquee- Boras could have blown this one.

  2. He isn't getting anywhere near that amount from another team

    (not that I think he's worth 140 over 7 to begin with)

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Turn down $20 mil a year to play for the Yanks? Must be drinking the same Kool Aid Jay-Z slipped to Cano. He'll wind up getting a good payday, but it could be with the Mariners or some other loser team. Enjoy having October to spend with your family.

    • Mark Panuthos says:

      yeah I agree, except that if the Mariners get Price and Shoo, we probably won't be able to call them losers any more.

    • hotdog says:

      i thought the Sox would make a bid for him after losing Ellsbury…

      • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

        Well Choo's a right fielder. Red Sox need a CF…or they could find someone in the farm system to replace Jacoby.

  4. hotdog says:

    Choo, 7 years $140 mil…why did the Yankees pay Ellsbury 7 years at $153 mil…Choo is one year older with a much better obp, more power etc. Ellsbury relies on his legs which will wane over the course of his contract…the biggest difference I see is taking Els away from the Boston lineup…other than that, I have no idea why Ellsbury garnered that huge contract…

    • James Dogg says:

      it is the "fanny in the seats" part of the impact gives Ellsbury an edge as an investment in the brand of 'Yankees' , Choo lacks any dynamic aspect – also the offer to Choo was a 2.7x increase while to Ellsbury was a 2.3x increase-so they actually did value Choo more than Ellsbury- the 1.1 mil a year difference will be made up in other areas (T-shirts s etc) if Ellsbury produces more than they might have sold of Choo stuff– unless Choo did not want to play for NYY he is a fool to have said no to this deal

      • Tanned Tom says:

        You'd have to offer some support that Ellsbury brings fans out to the ballpark. An easier argument would be that Choo brings out Korean-americans who might not normally go to a game. I don't think this played any part in the decision, since they offered both contracts. The difference is Choo has split issues and offers less defense and speed.

        • James Dogg says:

          I was not distinguishing the offers as much as suggesting why Choo made a mistake Korean Americans are a less profitable target thenjapanese baseball fans. Some estimate suggest the yanks made a good portion of Matsui's first 55milK back in. Sales in japan of yan gear. No way that happens is Seoul It is domestic $ issue.

  5. olie says:

    Choo doesn't compare to Ellsbury . I also don't believe the Yankees offered a contract to Choo ahead of Beltran as they needed a hitter capable of of batting 3rd which Beltran does.

  6. Tsmith says:

    Glad he turned it down if that is true. I like Elsbury and Beltran. Let's get Tanaka now! Even if it does push them over 189m.

  7. Michael R says:

    AHHHHHH Choooooo!!!! I'll get over this very soon.

  8. Tom Heck says:

    I have been wondering if it is possible for the Yanks to move Soriano from the outfield back to the infield but at third base and as a DH

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I don't think Soriano would play the infield at all. It's been almost 10 years. The DH part, I definitely see happening.

  9. Sabrina says:

    That's quite a pity, Choo would have been a nice fit. However I'm pretty sure that the Yankees soon will find better players.

  10. hosshalsey says:

    Save some money, look to Your Minor Leaguer's Yankee's. Give some of these players an invite to Spring Training and see whats really up.

  11. @Jim_Catfish says:

    This is old news. Where have you been.

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