Shin-Soo Choo Indicators With SK Wyverns
Longtime main league outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is becoming a member of the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Group, Tae Woo Kim of SPOTV experiences (h/t: Sung Min Kim, on Twitter). He’ll earn $2.4MM in 2021, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.internet tweets.
This can be a homecoming for the 38-year-old Choo, a South Korea native who performed within the majors with the Mariners, Reds, Indians and Rangers from 2005-20. His biggest long-term success got here in Cleveland, the place the on-base machine batted .292/.383/.463 with 83 house runs and 85 stolen bases in 2,932 plate appearances. However Choo was additionally an above-average performer in Cincinnati and Texas, evidenced partly by the one-time All-Star’s lifetime .275/.377/.447 line with 218 HRs, 157 steals and 35.four fWAR over 7,157 journeys to the plate.
The 2020 marketing campaign was the final season of the seven-year, $130MM assure Choo signed with the Rangers earlier than 2014, and it was his worst offensive effort for the membership. Choo hit .236/.323/.400 with 5 homers in 127 PA, dividing his time between the nook outfield and designated hitter.
Choo has had issue within the area all through his profession (minus-68 Defensive Runs Saved, minus-36.four Final Zone Score), and together with his age and fading offensive numbers additionally factored in, it appeared he would have bother touchdown a assured main league deal in free company. He’s now heading again to his native nation for the most important single-season payday in KBO historical past, per Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap Information.