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Report: Scott Boras, Shin-Soo Choo want more than $126M

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09:19 AM ET 11.10 | Mike Puma of the New York Post reported yesterday that Scott Boras was marketing free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for a contract in the range of $90 million, but ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that he is aiming for more than Jayson Werth's $126 million. That would obviously be an absurd amount of coin for Choo, but as we learned with Werth, it only takes one team to blow away all expectations. Can't blame Boras for trying. My guess is that he'll find enough interest to settle somewhere in the middle of those two figures, which will at least get him over the $100 million mark and exceed Hunter Pence's recent five-year, $90 million extension with the Giants.

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November 10, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Too Much For Too Little, Bros.

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November 10, 2013  10:17 AM ET

Blame Washington because Chop has been a better player than Werth. The stats show it on offense and Choo is the better fielder.

November 10, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Stupid auto correct - I caught the second Chop.

November 10, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Will FAs go for crazy money this year? The teams seem to have a lot to spend, but the Luxury Tax is getting their attention.
Interesting off-season, as usual.

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November 10, 2013  11:49 AM ET

Granderson's replacement in CF for the Yankees.

November 10, 2013  12:00 PM ET

Choo is not worth Werth money. Arguably, signing Werth, above market, made sense for the Nationals. He brings intangibles such as clubhouse leadership to the locker room and his signing signaled to their fans and other FAs that the Nats ownership wanted their franchise to compete on the field as well as make a profit off it. Teams should evaluate a Choo signing on production only. I don't seem him providing intangibles to any deal.

November 10, 2013  12:08 PM ET

I'm pretty sure Chris Antonetti is smiling knowing that he doesn't have to pay that kind of cash for a good but not great outfielder!

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November 10, 2013  01:19 PM ET

When are teams going to learn to laugh in Boras' face? Choo is 31, has had at best, a sporadic career - and when healthy has been no more than slightly above average. It would be nice to see all MLB teams simply ignore those players and their agents making ridiculous demands.

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November 10, 2013  02:38 PM ET

RBI? He's a leadoff hitter! Why do his RBI matter? (And to be fair, Chop is actually a decent run producer for a leadoff hitter)

More importantly he can get on base like crazy. His OBP last year was second in the NL. Dude can also steal bases and is a helluva defensive player. Cannon for an arm.

I'd take Choo over Swisher any day of the week. Choo is the better player and to be frank it's not close.

November 10, 2013  02:39 PM ET
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RBI? He's a leadoff hitter! Why do his RBI matter? (And to be fair, Chop is actually a decent run producer for a leadoff hitter)More importantly he can get on base like crazy. His OBP last year was second in the NL. Dude can also steal bases and is a helluva defensive player. Cannon for an arm.I'd take Choo over Swisher any day of the week. Choo is the better player and to be frank it's not close.

Supposed to quote #16

Choo*

Stupid auto correct...

November 10, 2013  02:40 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure Chris Antonetti is smiling knowing that he doesn't have to pay that kind of cash for a good but not great outfielder!

WTF are you talking about?

Choo is Cleveland's best player.

November 10, 2013  02:41 PM ET
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Given the nature of the comments here, it seems that Choo is underrated by many fans.

Apparently so. Honestly I'm surprised. I thought people knew about Choo by now.

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