Shin-Soo Choo’s at-bat music is ‘Turn Down for What’

Shin-Soo Choo DJShin-Soo Choo is a straight party animal thug, and it’s just been officially confirmed.

Our friend Lana Berry is a huge Texas Rangers fan and immediately made sure every one of her followers on Twitter knew about Choo, the team’s new free agent signing, and his surprising choice of tunes for his at-bat music. Yes, Choo struts to the plate to the sounds of DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What.”

The music video for the song is a pretty wild one, and we’ve included it below. The great Nick Pants on Twitter also created this Photoshop GIF of Choo in the music video:

As for the GIF at the top, that was another Nick Pants creation. It’s a take on the old Quad City DJ’s “C’Mon and Ride It” with several Rangers like Choo, Ron Washington, Lance Berkman, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus spliced in. Nick calls it the Choo Choo Train. Perfect.

And I hope everyone knows I was totally joking when I called Choo a party animal thug. He’s just an on-base percentage cyborg.

Rangers give Shin-Soo Choo Nelson Cruz’s number

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It seemed like a near certainty that Nelson Cruz wouldn’t return to the Texas Rangers after the team signed Shin-Soo Choo to a huge free agent deal last weekend. The team seemed to cement that fate by giving Choo Cruz’s old jersey number — 17.

During the news conference to introduce Choo on Friday, Rangers GM Jon Daniels also said he called Cruz’s agent to express his thanks. Daniels said he expects Cruz, who was suspended 50 games last year for a PED violation, to sign elsewhere.

The Seattle Mariners are said to be a top contender to sign Cruz. Whoever signs the 33-year-old outfielder will have to surrender a draft pick as compensation, which surely limits his appeal. Cruz batted .268/.327/.495 last season with 27 home runs in 109 games.

The Rangers have lost Ian Kinsler and Cruz this offseason, but they’ve gained Prince Fielder and Choo. Not a bad winter for them.

Shin-Soo Choo agrees to sign with Texas Rangers

Shin-Soo ChooOne of the biggest offensive free agents left on the market has found a home.

Shin-Soo Choo and the Texas Rangers have agreed on a 7-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is said to be worth $130 million.

The Rangers have been said to be one of the biggest suitors for Choo, who reportedly turned down a seven-year, $140 million offer from the New York Yankees because he was supposedly seeking Jacoby Ellsbury money. Even though the dollar amount from the Rangers is $10 million less than the offer from the Yankees, Choo will take home more of the money because there is no state income tax in Texas.

The Rangers have now added Choo and Prince Fielder this offseason, making it a pretty successful winter.

Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down $140 million offer from Yankees

Shin-Soo ChooAfter losing Robinson Cano via free agency, the New York Yankees were prepared to spend their extra money to bolster the team’s outfield. Prior to Cano’s departure, the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million offer. They likely knew Cano was gone before locking down Ellsbury. Once Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, New York reportedly made a similar offer to Shin-Soo Choo.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Choo and agent Scott Boras turned down a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Yankees earlier this month. When Boras reportedly indicated that Choo was looking for “Ellsbury money,” New York moved quickly to sign Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.

Other teams that are now interested in Choo include the Mariners, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Unless Choo was opposed to playing in New York for some reason, he may end up costing himself money by trying to get paid the same amount or more than Ellsbury.

At age 31, Choo is a little over a year older than Ellsbury. Jacoby is a bit more of an injury concern, but he is a career .297 hitter with tremendous speed. Choo has hit .288 during his career and has stolen about 20 bases per season since he began playing full time in 2009. Ellsbury stole 52 bases in 134 games last season and had a career-high 70 stolen bases in 153 games in 2009.

Choo has more power than Ellsbury, but Jacoby is a better fielder and a phenomenal lead-off hitter. While Choo seems to be more durable, very few MLB scouts would tell you that he is a better all-around player and difference-maker than Ellsbury. Perhaps the Mariners will continue to splurge by overpaying for his services, but don’t be surprised if seven years at $140 million is the best offer Choo receives.

Report: Detroit Tigers targeting Shin-Soo Choo

Shin-Soo ChooThe Detroit Tigers shed their large financial commitment to Prince Fielder two weeks ago, traded Doug Fister on Monday, and they are not wasting any time thinking of ways to spend the extra money.

On Tuesday, the Tigers agreed to a two-year deal with closer Joe Nathan that is said to be worth around $20 million for two years. Detroit is also said to be pursuing free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says the Tigers are “hot for a left-handed outfield bat” and that Choo is their top target.

Choo is considered one of the top free agent hitters on the market. Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are some of the other top players available.

Choo turned down a qualifying offer from the Cincinnati Reds, meaning the team that signs him would have to forfeit a draft pick. Reports have said agent Scott Boras is seeking a nine-figure contract for Choo similar to the $126 million contract Jayson Werth received from the Nationals.

Choo, 31, is a career .288 hitter with an .854 career OPS. Though he has topped out at 22 home runs, his specialty is getting on base. He has posted an OBP of .390 or higher four times, and that will likely be one of Boras’ strongest selling points for his client.

Shin-Soo Choo Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for DUI, Blowing .201

We used to be big fans of Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Heck, we could have told you he was the most underrated player in baseball before his fellow players gave him that honor in an SI vote. But imagine the irony that the same day SI revealed Choo was named the most underrated player, he does something to make sure everybody knows his name. That’s right, Choo was pinched for suspicion of DUI on Monday in Sheffield Lake after he failed a field sobriety test. I mean just look at that guy, his face totally says “I’m faded bro .. I’m so faded.”

From WKYC and the AP: “According to police, a patrolman first spoke to Choo at 2:25 a.m. He told the officer he was lost and needed directions to Avon Lake. Choo was allowed to continue driving, but was later pulled over when he twice crossed the double-yellow lines and drifted into a bike path. He told the officer his GPS had broken and he was unable to get directions home. Choo’s eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of “an alcoholic beverage,” police said, and he was ordered out of the SUV.”

For an added bonus, you can watch the dash cam video of Choo’s field sobriety test. Watching him trying to toe the line while nearly three times the legal limit is about as humorous as watching Raul Mondesi flail at a curveball off the plate. Check out this drunken mess:

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