Dec 21 (The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers and free-agent outfielder Choo Shin-soo agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.
The Rangers' biggest offseason priority is to improve their offense. They targeted Choo as a top-of-the-order threat. He had a .423 on-base percentage for Cincinnati this year.
Choo, who has power, batted .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and 107 runs scored as the Reds' leadoff hitter this year.
The 31-year-old is a .288 career hitter with a .389 on-base percentage in nine seasons with the Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Reds.
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Valdespin, who was suspended 50 games this year for his connection to former South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis in the performance-enhancing-drugs scandal, batted .188 in 133 at-bats over 66 games for the New York Mets.
The Mets non-tendered the speedy, versatile Valdespin in November.
The Marlins' deal does not include a spring training invite, so he will likely start the season in Class AAA.
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Blanco, 42, had three home runs and 14 RBI in 134 at-bats over 50 games combined with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners this year. He also played for the Diamondbacks in 2011-12.
Blanco has a shot to back up starter Miguel Montero next year. (Editing by Gene Cherry)
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