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 2011 bid limits that were posted for this player:
PK 5x5: $30 MF 5x5: $30 AP 4x4: $30
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '11
Should have went into the army instead. Hrmpff.
Gary Cruciani Megary
Jun 27 '11
In the ADL draft yesterday, I bid $32 and got him.
Michael Walsh Amaros
Apr 4 '11
Let's stop complaining about the 15 missed games. He earned $33 and his progression line continues to go upward. Suck it up and bid $31.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '11
Choo either is bit brittle or takes too many chances in the field. His AB losses are due to injuries from diving at sinking line drives. Last year it was a sprained thumb. But he came back quicker than expected, so he seems a quick healer. As a three-year owner of Choo, I would have loved another 100 ABs each year. This year he's a free agent in my league and I'm going through the same bid issues as everyone else. I don't think I will get him at 30.

And he should be helped by Santana's batting behind him all year. I wouldn't have pitched to him last year.
David Molyneaux NeauxBrainr
Feb 14 '11
I dunno, going old school (which never works) he looked really solid anytime I happened to see him. Has it all. I mean really look at OPS! Pretty sure that still works. And .401 OBP! I'd only prefer to see him play more. Only 144 games and 550 ab for a number 3?
John Brand JohnB
Feb 13 '11
I'd tend to agree with Peter here. I looked at Choo's BB% and LD% last year: his LD% was down 2% in total and his BB% up slightly.

Actually, even if you don't buy into the whole first- and second-half philosophy, his second-half '10 line looks really close to his '09 season line. It's his first half that looks wonky: his LD% was significantly down and BB% and contact% were way up.
Shawn Douglas ShawnD
Jan 29 '11
Choo avoided his obligation to military service by leading South Korea to the gold in the Asian Games last November.

As for BABIP, the goal is to find the player's established rate. The assumption is that wide variance from that means that some good or bad luck was involved.

Choo's career BABIP is .360. Two years ago he was .370, last year he was .349. That's a very little variation and his batting average might stay the same because he hit a different number of homers, or fly balls vs. ground balls, or line drives versus other hits (each of which has its own expected hit rate), or because he walked more, or most likely a combination of all these things.

In any case, BABIP is potentially meaningful if it varies widely from expectations. Even then it's more a red flag to look more closely than meaningful in and of itself.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 29 '11
Is it quite interesting or just somewhat interesting that Choo's hit percent dropped almost 30 points while his batting average didn't drop a bit?

I'm still trying to get a handle on this new metric.

New to this site and all the rage in fantasy circles, but what does it actually tell us?

Another question: Wasn't Choo supposed to be serving in the South Korean army this year? Or is Scott Boras this all-powerful (Fanball this morning)...

Choo won't negotiate in-season
The News
Shin-Soo Choo will not have long-term contract discussions with the Indians during the season, according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.
Our View
Choo is signed through 2013, but the Indians want to lock him up for beyond that. Considering the fact his agent is Scott Boras and he won't negotiate in-season, don't expect a deal to be reached until at least late this year.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 29 '11