Choo Turned Down Seven-Year Offer From Yankees

While the market for Shin-Soo Choo has been slow to develop, he could have already found a home had accepted a lavish offer from the Yankees. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that even after signing Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153MM contract, the Yankees offered Choo a seven-year, $140MM contract. Agent Scott Boras reportedly countered by asking for Ellsbury money, and the Yankees instead elected to sign Carlos Beltran to a much cheaper three-year, $45MM pact.

With Choo no longer a fit in New York, Boras will have to look elsewhere to try to top that $140MM figure. The Rangers are one team that has been said to be interested in Choo, but reports have indicated that they prefer him on a five-year deal. Beyond that, according to Passan's report, Texas has instead turned its focus to Masahiro Tanaka.

Passan also adds that multiple teams, including the Astros, have offers on the table to Choo at this time. It's not clear how much Houston has offered, but as Passan notes, an outfield of Choo, Dexter Fowler and top prospect George Springer would be an excellent trio. The Astros, however, aren't big fans of the idea of surrendering their second-round pick to sign Choo, writes Passan, especially considering that NC State lefty Carlos Rodon — a Boras advisee — is the favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Astros. Rodon would command a significant chunk of Houston's draft budget, which would shrink were the team to forfeit its second-round selection.


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270 Comments on "Choo Turned Down Seven-Year Offer From Yankees"


Junior7188
1 year 8 months ago

wooooooooooooooooooooooooow?

philpbarnes
1 year 8 months ago

He turned down 7y, $140m? Crazy

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

maybe he actually wants to play

vtadave
1 year 8 months ago

Well Choo would have meant no Ellsbury and an OF of Beltran, Gardner, and Choo. Not sure what you’re getting at.

dgapa
1 year 8 months ago

You didn’t read the article did you?

” Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reportsthat even after signing Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153MM contract, the Yankees offered Choo a seven-year, $140MM contract.”

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

In all likelihood, had they did sign him, then either 1 – Gardner would be traded, or 2 – They wouldn’t have signed Beltran

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

In all likelihood, had they did sign him, then either 1 – Gardner would be traded, or 2 – They wouldn’t have signed Beltran

vtadave
1 year 8 months ago

lol completely missed that. Makes zero sense.

Rabbitov
1 year 8 months ago

What Choo talking about?

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

too many OF’s in NY…but apparently as the article says Beltran was signed instead…so not sure why this is news now

jury_rigger
1 year 8 months ago

Admit it, you’ve been saving this one

David Stillson
1 year 8 months ago

ha

Brandon Mason
1 year 8 months ago

Wow why would he do that!?

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe his wife doesn’t like New York?

Brandon Mason
1 year 8 months ago

He’s not going to get that much money anywhere else.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 8 months ago

I was kidding, it was a reference to why Cliff Lee turned down 28 million from the Yankees a few years ago.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Meh. Phillies offered him more overall money. It’s not like NY’s offer blew it out of the water.

NickinIthaca
1 year 8 months ago

That was also a reason that Sabathia required the contract he did if I’m not mistaken as well….

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

well let’s see…gardner, ichiro, ellsbury, beltran, wells, soriano…can’t wait to see how much playing time they all get

Lionel Bossman Craft
1 year 8 months ago

Wells will probably get released and the Yankees will seek a trade partner for Ichiro who could also become the 4th outfielder. Soriano will DH most of the time. So really it’s just Gardner, Ellsbury and Beltran who will probably switch with Soriano with DH’ing. If Soriano does well enough the Yankees can also trade him to a contender needing a power bat or some mid-season offense by the all-star break.

Cosmo3
1 year 8 months ago

Side note, but I’m excited to see what Sori can do as a full time dh. That dude absolutely mashed as a dh in inter league games w the Cubs. I think you guys will enjoy him this year if that’s the plan for him

MaximusMansteel
1 year 8 months ago

Still seems odd. That log jam should just be a problem for 2014. After that, it would have just been Gardner, Ellsbury, and Choo left.

chris hines
1 year 8 months ago

Gardner’s a free agent so at years end it would only have been Choo and Ellsbury under contract.

LordOfTheSwings
1 year 8 months ago

One will be traded, one will be DHing a lot, and one will be injured. They’re not going to have a playing time issue.

rockkicker
1 year 8 months ago

read the article, if he signed there would be no beltran, and they are currently trying to move ichiro…so the outfield would have been cho, gardner and ellsbury..wells would be the 4th and soriano would mostly occupy dh.

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

Ichiro would be the 4th and Wells would be cut (which he probably will be once they sign Beltran anyway)

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

This was before they signed Beltran

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

why is this news today then?

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

Because it didn’t become public knowledge until today:

“the Yankees offered Choo a seven-year, $140MM contract. Agent Scott Boras reportedly countered by asking for Ellsbury money, and the Yankees instead elected to sign Carlos Beltran to a much cheaper three-year, $45MM pact.”

Douglas Bath
1 year 8 months ago

Ichiro? who cares… he’s a 4th OF on any team. his last 2+ WAR season was 2010.

NickinIthaca
1 year 8 months ago

He’s chasing 3000 hits in the MLB. I’d imagine he’s hoping for a starting gig somewhere. Or a championship….

Douglas Bath
1 year 8 months ago

considering Eduardo Nunez was more productive than Ichiro at the plate last year… I think the Yanks should cut him loose and move on.

Johnny Arroyo
1 year 8 months ago

dont worry the way those guys all get hurt you will be needing a few extra by years end just wait! lol

1 year 8 months ago

So basically Boras got a little greedy and wanted to get Choo even more money from the Yankees and the Yankees walked away and picked up Beltran. I think that sounds better than how it appeared on Twitter. Made it seem like Choo either didn’t want to play for the Yankees or thought he was worth way more money than that.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

Something tells me this was Choo’s decision. 7 years at a $20M AAV doesn’t sound like something an agent rejects…I know Boras is notorious for trying to squeeze every dime for his client but even he knows he’s not getting more than that

CG
1 year 8 months ago

The Choo Choo train of money is leaving the station shortly, better climb on board one of the platforms.

Petcopadre
1 year 8 months ago

Boras is fired!!

Jim McGrath
1 year 8 months ago

This could be the true Boras blunder—-the first one that sits at the table gets the best cut of tenderloin. The rest get the second best. Choo baby Chioo.

Tim Bowers
1 year 8 months ago

If Boras really did turn that down, it was a bone headed move.

Doubt Choo gets anything over 5 years and 100 mil at this point.

Boras has made some truly dumb decisions lately, Morales turning down the QO was another.

The_Unnatural
1 year 8 months ago

In the end the decision is up to the player. Boras may have given them bad advice but it’s the players who get greedy. That’s why people hire Boras to begin with.

Gardy Vergne
1 year 8 months ago

yeah, the player has the last word but probably Boras had a lot to say like… “oh don’t worry, I know the Yankees and I’m sure they will give you more money, just wait”

Tim Bowers
1 year 8 months ago

These players are paying Boras a lot of money to make a deal for them.

Yes, of course they have the final word and input, but they are heavily influenced by their “trusted” agent.

metsblow4show
1 year 8 months ago

Boras blew the Ryan Madson deal a couple of years ago too. Madsen ended up signing a one year deal with the Reds for 6 million after Boras left a 4year/44 million dollar deal on the table with the Phils, and he blew out his arm in spring training.

Erich Dobson
1 year 8 months ago

You mean K Morales of the Mariners? He should get a good multi year I think. Someone is going to need a 1B/DH don’t you think?

Suilebhain
1 year 8 months ago

Ellsbury isn’t even worth Ellsbury money. How the heck does Choo think that HE is?

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

Remember Suile, Choo is “revered” amongst some teams.

Suilebhain
1 year 8 months ago

Yes, I kept reading about that every time someone advocated the Mets get him. $20m a year for seven years? That is a lot of reverence! LOL!

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

Some team will give him 20MM AAV.

metsblow4show
1 year 8 months ago

But not for 7 years.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

That’s why I feel like this wasn’t Boras’ fault. Choo has to have qualms with playing for the Yankees or something. Every one of Boras’ mistakes were only really mistakes in hindsight (ie- Morales this year and Madson a couple years ago). This one just makes no sense. I doubt Boras thought he was going to get more than that

KnowledgeDivine
1 year 8 months ago

There is no personal beef with the Yankees , he is basically saying you offered a statistically lesser player to big money in the same position , What Boras tried to do was out maneuver his own movement. You see he showed the Agent world yes I can get a player signed over his value in a big market team, While jay z maxed out with Cano. He figured I got Elsbury a high end contract so I will get Choo right in the same threshold. Again your dealing with the Yankees trust

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t think anyone would argue that Choo is better than Ellsbury. Given the choice between the players, I think every team in the MLB would rather have Ellsbury.

I really can’t see this being 100% Boras’ fault. Even he would be happy with that contract

KnowledgeDivine
1 year 8 months ago

What are y’all crazy this is about Boras and business along with in your face competition between agents. Who is jacoby’s Agent?? Boras correct ? Boras succeeded in getting him a contract higher than his worth while his ex client Cano settled for the max deal in the seattle market , He Boras got the Yankees to sign one client then figured he will over charge for his second client thinking the Yanks were desperate. What he forgot was that Beltran was a target for the Yankees since day one and they was going to by pass them if a good deal was made. Dude turned it down they moved forward with who they originally wanted

KnowledgeDivine
1 year 8 months ago

Let me also add , most teams pick Choo over Jacoby , there was no way he was seeing this contract else where

bobbie922
1 year 8 months ago

Scott Boras is probably at least half the reason. Choo is still gonna get a pretty nice payday (but not Ellsbury money), though. That said, I almost feel bad for a guy like Kendrys Morales. Boras is selling ridiculously high on some of his clients, and it’s blowing up in their faces.

Karkat
1 year 8 months ago

I find this difficult to believe, if only because I can’t imagine Choo doing better than that. or close to that in either years or AAV. But i guess we’ll see o_o

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

I know. Choo had a fantastic year, and would have loved to see him in YS, but if he regresses back to where he has been for the past 3 years he really isn’t worth anywhere close to that.

chris hines
1 year 8 months ago

You mean his career .930 OPS against RHP leaves something to he desired? He struggles against LHP but anyone who hits .300/.400/.530 against RHP is worth a lot of money.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

But is that worth $150M?
Choo is a great player, but his absolute failure to hit lhp is a real negative.

Rabbitov
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe it’s not just the money.

DarthBusey
1 year 8 months ago

Does Choo like BBQ?

niched
1 year 8 months ago

I’ll bet New York has more Korean bbq than Houston does. Bad move to turn down the Yankees’ offer.

johnrhee
1 year 8 months ago

Choo could end up signing w/ the Dodgers to join Ryu also from South Korea if Matt Kemp is going to be traded.

Marky Mark
1 year 8 months ago

Everyone’s going to say how crazy boras was for turning that down, then when choo gets more money will all say “yep, he did it again”

Kyle
1 year 8 months ago

Boras over analyzes the market for his players every once in a while.

Vmmercan
1 year 8 months ago

I find that’s usually for older guys, not big-time FAs though.

Rich Isler
1 year 8 months ago

He did with Arod. Then Arod had to come crawling back to NY.

Croagnut
1 year 8 months ago

Arod gets 275m, Yankees get Aroid. Who you think did the crawling?

Rich Isler
1 year 8 months ago

Arod did. He opted out thinking he could get other teams involved in a bidding war. No other teams even bothered. He came back to the Yankees without Boras’ involvement.

LordOfTheSwings
1 year 8 months ago

Crawling back with the largest contract in the history of baseball. This being after the Yankees saying they wouldn’t negoiate with him if he opted out of his contract; there was some crawling done by the Yankees too.

Rich Isler
1 year 8 months ago

Arod crawled back, the Yankees backtracked. Arod restarted negotiations without Boras.

Vmmercan
1 year 8 months ago

Which still worked out more than well for A-Rod…

Kyle
1 year 8 months ago

I was talking about his clients in general although I do agree with you. He might have over played his hand with morales this year, but it seemed like that with loshe last year and he still ended up with a 3 yr. deal.

Light_tower_power
1 year 8 months ago

Sometimes Boras overplays his hand and it backfires

Marky Mark
1 year 8 months ago

He knows how to read the market.. I’m sure he had other teams in maybe a little less, cause he clearly didn’t waste time with ellsbury, he knew he was robbing the yankees and took it immediately

niched
1 year 8 months ago

Boras gets it wrong every now and then with non-superstar players, and he completely botched the A-Rod re-sign until A-Rod personally got the Yankees re-involved. He appears to have blown it with Choo. You could say he ha-chooed.

Edgar4evar
1 year 8 months ago

-cough- Morales

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

I just can’t see how Boras would have turned this down unless Choo had reasons that he didn’t want to be a Yankee. That contract really seemed to max out both in years and AAV

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 8 months ago

Wonder if the Mariners step in and offer Choo 7/150

Vmmercan
1 year 8 months ago

Would have to be more like 10/200

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 8 months ago

Hes not Cano

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah but even Cano isnt worth that much. Mariners are desperate so i wouldnt put it down

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 8 months ago

I agree. Yankees made him a fair offer. Trout and Kershaw are worth that much and thats about it.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Well if they had one, the M’s would probably still be under it even after signing Choo. They are at about 80M right now.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

Now that the Yankees are out of the bidding it doesn’t

Matt Blanke
1 year 8 months ago

This is why i still think MLB needs a salary cap.

Tim Bowers
1 year 8 months ago

Well if they had one, the M’s would still be underneath it even after signing Choo. Their payroll stands at about 80M right now. I think instituting a 125-150M cap would be fair.

Matt Blanke
1 year 8 months ago

I think it would help the competitiveness of the came too.

KnowledgeDivine
1 year 8 months ago

what competitiveness. if a cap comes it would be the death of baseball

Matt Blanke
1 year 8 months ago

I think it would help the competitiveness of the came too.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

Capitalism is a beautiful thing. I don’t think it needs to have a cap at all. Many of these big market teams end up handcuffing themselves for a few years because of the large contracts. I think that in itself provides as much justice as a salary cap would

niched
1 year 8 months ago

Why would the Mariners off more than the Yankees after the Yankees pulled their offer? If the other team pulls their offer, then you offer less, not more.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

b/c as of right now Boras still thinks he can get more. Its not important the yankees pulled the offer, its important he didn’t think 7/140 was enough. Dodged a huge bullet there! And u know what? Boras always finds a sucker. Best agent in sports probably. How does Prince go from not wanted to over $200 million in Feburary? Mr Boras.

AlluringPuddle
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe he didn’t like the spotlight that NY would bring? I mean, the Yankees are a big jump from the Indians and Reds. But for 20 million a year, that’s hard to turn down.

gemmatmorrow
1 year 8 months ago

Sounds like fun times for Scott ahead.

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
1 year 8 months ago

Wish the Mets would go after him but I guess the Outfield its set already.

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

Gardner and Pineda for Murphy.

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

Gardner for Murphy straight up

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

How many years of control does Murphy have left anyway?

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

I dont know. I would just love that trade. Only way im trading Gardner is for Murph or Homer Bailey package

Suilebhain
1 year 8 months ago

Only way I’m trading Murph is….hell no! Not trading Murph. Well, Alderson might…

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

As much as I like Murphy, it is the right move to trade him. They have depth at 2B. The way I look at it, I would rather have EY Jr/ Wilmer Flores and whoever they get than Murphy. Like (hypothetically) Gardner+EY Jr > Murphy. It depends what they get, but if they can upgrade somewhere, I am ok trading from depth, which they have at 2B

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t forget to through in Ellsbury, Robertson, and Brian McCann

Wags71
1 year 8 months ago

This just sounds like complete nonsense – something that Boras would “leak”

moses0507
1 year 8 months ago

lol Why would Boras leak this?? It makes him look bad

Wags71
1 year 8 months ago

To try to make what he’s asking for sound more reasonable.

niched
1 year 8 months ago

But it doesn’t have that effect.

Wags71
1 year 8 months ago

6/120 sounds like a bargain now.

niched
1 year 8 months ago

I see what you’re saying, but if Boras “leaked” something that wasn’t true — especially something to the tune of 7/140 — then the Yankees should/would/could just come out and call him a liar. You can’t leak a lie that big and not get found out and made to look untrustworthy. I suspect doing something like that would get an agent in pretty big trouble with the league and the players association.

niched
1 year 8 months ago

In fact whoever “leaked” it, I’m guessing it was probably the Yankees or someone close to them, not Boras.

niched
1 year 8 months ago

In fact whoever “leaked” it, I’m guessing it was probably the Yankees or someone close to them, not Boras.

BrettLawriesnewesttattoo
1 year 8 months ago

maybe something another team would leak to bring Choo’s perceived value down and play hardball. the Rangers? the Mariners? even the Yankees might be behind this.

416jays
1 year 8 months ago

They had no money for cano!

moses0507
1 year 8 months ago

Ten years???

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

It wasn’t the money for Cano. It was the years

bernbabybern
1 year 8 months ago

It was the money and the years. It’s almost always the money.

Lionel Bossman Craft
1 year 8 months ago

It’s never the money when it comes to the Yankees.

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

They offered him more money per year than the Mariners. So obviously it’s not about the money. It’s the years.

Spencer James
1 year 8 months ago

They didn’t have 10 years for Cano who “didn’t want to play for Girardi” and “didn’t feel at home with family”.

1 year 8 months ago

Has George Steinbrenner been resurrected? What happened to the luxury tax hoopla?

CG
1 year 8 months ago

The Red Sox won the World Series, that is what ended the Yankees caring about the luxury tax.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

nope, they never once intended to get under, but why let agents have an open checkbook from them? Might as well throw like 5% of doubt into that, maybe if they never said that Ellsbury might have gotten 200 million from them.

Suilebhain
1 year 8 months ago

Ever see Futurama? I bet they got George in one of those head domes like Nixon was in.

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

how many outfielders do they need?

Marky Mark
1 year 8 months ago

Apparently 6 is not enough

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

pitching is overrated anyways

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

i wouldn’t mind if the yanks would take back mr untuck. not a fan of him in DC

Marky Mark
1 year 8 months ago

Headline in may.. “Yankees confused “you can never have too much pitching depth” with “you can never have to much outfield depth”, Girardi pulling hair trying to make it all work”

bernbabybern
1 year 8 months ago

Wells and Ichiro should not even be counted.

They have Ellsbury, Beltran, Soriano and Gardner. One will DH (mostly Beltran/Soriano).

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

beltran over ichiro?

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

Ummm…yes. Not sure why you’d think otherwise.

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

hitting wise yeah.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Well it was before they signed Beltran.

Bryan
1 year 8 months ago

Even if he does end up getting 150 mil or so from a team like the ‘Stros is the extra ten million worth playing for a non-contender rather than the most historic franchise of all time?

Petcopadre
1 year 8 months ago

Hey 10 mil is 10 mil. That’s nothing to sneeze at. I’m not sure how that converts to yen but I’m sure it’s alot.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe it would matter if he was from Japan.

Petcopadre
1 year 8 months ago

okay, then Korean currency, you get the message.

Suilebhain
1 year 8 months ago

…dollars, most likely. :)

Kevo
1 year 8 months ago

“Won” is the currency used in South Korea. Not being mean, just saying. :)

Kevin Siver
1 year 8 months ago

To add to your post, in Won, 10 million US dollars equates to10512500000.00 Won approximately. I served there some years ago. 😉 Just a fun fact. That said, honestly I think that if Luhnow can get it done, he should. Choo would bring in good revenue. Don’t the ‘Stros have enough good prospects to offset possibly missing out on Rodon?

Petcopadre
1 year 8 months ago

thank you Kevo. I learned something new today.

tmengd
1 year 8 months ago

Well Boras and Jeff Luhnow have had an excellent relationship with his clients so far. The Astros signing Choo would only help keep it that way going forward with negotiations with Rodon. Also the Astros won’t contend this year sure, but in 2 years they could be one of the top contenders with Springer, Singleton, Maybe Correa, Rodon,Appel, Folty and so forth coming up. With the Yankees lackluster pitching I am not sure they will even contend against the AL East