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Rangers, D-Backs vying for Choo (at the moment)

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07:34 AM ET 12.10 | Gone, too, are Carlos Beltran and Curtis Granderson, which leaves a thin outfield free agent crop -- led by Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers and Diamondbacks are among the teams vying for [Choo] at the moment, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. ... In addition to the Rangers and Diamondbacks, clubs like the Mariners, Red Sox and Tigers could use an outfield bat. The Reds are unlikely to re-sign him simply because they can't afford him. Seattle threw huge bucks at Cano, is planning a run at David Price and is known to be seeking an outfielder, so they seem like the Rangers' most likely competition for Choo. In 154 games for Cincinnati this past season, Choo hit .285/.423/.462 (143 OPS+) with 21 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Every team in baseball can use that bat.

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December 10, 2013  07:49 AM ET

Would be a good pickup for the Rangers.

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December 10, 2013  08:29 AM ET

<paints Paul Stanley black star around one eye>
I WANT CHOO!!!!!!!

December 10, 2013  08:38 AM ET

It looks like it is coming down to where Choo likes the heat or prefers playing home games mostly indoors.

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December 10, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Who wouldn't prefer Choo over Cruz? He's better and more durable.

But if they just resign Cruz, they keep their draft pick.

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December 10, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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With fewer track marks.

Not so sure, look at him in that picture in his Tribe uni. I see roid rage in those eyes.

December 10, 2013  09:01 AM ET

I though MLB was making a concerted effort to eliminate Choo.

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December 10, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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That's a fair point, but with the attrition rates of prospects, I'd take the more sure thing.Choo has a career OPS+ of 134 compared to Cruz's 114 and Choo has been much more durable.

There is no doubt Choo is a better player, but the Rangers also know exactly what they're gonna get from Cruz. Plus Cruz will come a lot cheaper. Your bet with me that Choo will get over 75M has become a sure win for you at this point.

December 10, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Choo will get Werth $$$

December 10, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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There is no doubt Choo is a better player, but the Rangers also know exactly what they're gonna get from Cruz. Plus Cruz will come a lot cheaper. Your bet with me that Choo will get over 75M has become a sure win for you at this point.

Where will Cruz be as a hitter if he has to adjust his PED program to be less detectable, though?

December 10, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Choo will get Werth $$$

yeah, I'm thinking 6 years 120M at this point.

December 10, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Where will Cruz be as a hitter if he has to adjust his PED program to be less detectable, though?

Hasn't seemed to be a problem for the current World Series MVP.

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December 10, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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That's a fair point, but with the attrition rates of prospects, I'd take the more sure thing.Choo has a career OPS+ of 134 compared to Cruz's 114 and Choo has been much more durable.

Choo's also a better base runner and better defensively in right field.

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