Shin-Soo Choo Free Agent

Age: 38 (July 13, 1982) | 5' 11" | 210lbs. | Bats: Left OF-19 LF-16 RF-3 DH-14 PH-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TEX AA 2016 6 20 0 6 3 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 .300 .417 .350 13 29 .462 n/a
TEX AAA 2016 3 11 2 6 1 0 1 0 1 5 1 1 .545 .583 .909 8 0 .500 n/a
TEX AL 2016 48 178 27 43 25 46 7 0 7 17 6 3 .242 .357 .399 12 22 .288 47/22/31 6 6
TEX AL 2017 149 544 96 142 77 134 20 1 22 78 12 3 .261 .357 .423 12 21 .305 49/25/26 21 21
TEX AL 2018 146 560 83 148 92 156 30 1 21 62 6 1 .264 .377 .434 14 24 .330 50/22/28 19 19
TEX AL 2019 151 563 93 149 78 165 31 2 24 61 15 1 .265 .371 .455 12 25 .333 49/22/29 22 22
TEX AL 2020 33 110 13 26 13 33 3 0 5 15 6 2 .236 .323 .400 10 26 .284 47/22/30 16 13
Career 16yrs 1652 6087 961 1671 868 1579 339 29 218 782 157 55 .275 .377 .447 12 22 .336 n/a
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The final 2010 bid limits that were posted for this player:
PK 5x5: $26 MF 4x4: $26 AP mixed: $22
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '10
Thank you, Mr. Choo. For three years, at 10 bucks a year, you have been a hero for the Neaux Brainers. I will be sorry to see you go back into the auction of 2011. Not since Mariano Rivera in 1996 (at 3 bucks for two years and 18 for three more) has one player meant so much.
David Molyneaux NeauxBrainr
Oct 4 '10
Apparently will not play today to protect his batting average.

There's a fascinating graphic in the Sunday Times sports section called "The Dreaded .299." As final batting averages rise from .280 to .320, the percentage of players who finish the higher averages steadily declines, as you would expect. With two exceptions: a precipitous drop at .299 and a huge spike at .300.

The main reason? Players batting .300 on the last day of the season choose to sit.

The second reason? Players who were batting .299 who then got a hit, proceeded to sit.

As a result the batting average of the 127 players between 1975 and 2008 who were batting .300 or .299 in their final plate appearance of the season" is "a whopping .463."

Whopping? Not really, folks. Not when you realize that the hitters who didn't get a hit, if they had the chance of another plate appearance, were sure to take it.
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 3 '10
Eugene I don't disagree that age is important. However, Choo missed an entire year due to TJ surgery, which is a pretty significant event for a developing player.

Plus as we both agreed, Choo's true breakout started in 2008. My point is that the development gap between Choo/Abreu isn't nearly as big as you are claiming to be.
eun park EPark
Jan 12 '10
On the surface Choo's age 26 season (2009) looks a lot like Abreu's age 24 season (1998).

Choo 20 HR, 21 SB, 78 BB/151 Ks .300/.394/.489
Abreu 17 HR, 19 SB, 84 BB/133 Ks .312/.409/.497

And below the surface Choo had a 137 OPS+, was 8th in OPS+, 8th in OBP, and Abreu had a 136 OPS+ and was 8th in OBP, but missed out on the top 10 in OPS+ (year of the steroid).

I will grant you that Choo did break through in the second half of his age 25 season, but a lot of players have initial success. The full season provides a little more reliability for predicability.

But, my point is that Choo's first full season of success came two years older than Abreu's. And, that the most important thing in predicting career performance is age of initial success.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 12 '10
Technically, Abreu's breakthrough happened at age 25. In addition, Choo missed a lot of time due to TJ surgery in 06/07 so I don't think the age thing is that big of a deal as he should still be in his pre-prime.

It was a rough comparison anyhow.
eun park EPark
Jan 12 '10
Except Abreu had his first big season at 24 not 26. Which makes a big difference in projecting future value.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 12 '10
To be fair, Choo really broke through second half 2008. In 2009, he had a great WBC run and started off great before hitting some bumps on the road. My theory is that as he was moved down the order, he started to press a bit. The rest of the lineup didn't provide much but they should be much more improved. He looks like a Bobby Abreu clone with slightly less power/speed.
eun park EPark
Jan 12 '10
I read a post imagining the alternate universe where Bill Bavasi didn't destroy the Mariners. In it, Choo would have been forced to be the M's DH last year because their outfield would have been Adam Jones in LF, Gutierrez in CF, and Ichiro in RF.

All of a sudden they've got both the best OF defense and a legit offense.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 11 '10
Broke through last year and became a big time player. Even stole some bases. This might be as good as it gets, but Choo should still be treated as a $25 player this season.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 10 '10