MLB Notes: Choo, Rangers agree to 7-year deal

MLB Notes: Choo, Rangers agree to 7-year deal
December 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Shin-Soo Choo hit .285 with 21 homers and 54 RBIs with the Reds last season. (USA Today Images)

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because there was no official announcement about the deal that is pending a physical for the 31-year-old Choo. That person said the physical is expected to be done before Christmas.

The deal comes a month after Texas acquired slugging first baseman Prince Fielder in a trade with Detroit for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Rangers' primary leadoff hitter.

Choo was Cincinnati's leadoff hitter for 143 games last season, when he had a .423 on-base percentage with 20 stolen bases and 21 home runs.

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- The Associated Press

Nationals: Snyder signed to minor-league deal
The Nationals on Saturday signed 32-year-old catcher Chris Snyder to a minor-league contract.

According to's Jerry Crasnick (via HardBallTalk), if Snyder makes the team he could earn $1 million with incentives.

Last year, Snyder played nine games with the Orioles, spending most of his time in Triple A. He was 2 for 20 on the season with no homers and one RBI. He had seven strikeouts and four walks.

The veteran backstop's best season came in 2008 with the Diamondbacks when he hit 16 homers and drove in 64 runs, while batting .237. In 2012, he hit .176 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 76 games.

With Washington, Snyder will compete with Sandy Leon and Jhonatan Solano to be Wilson Ramos' backup.


Diamondbacks: Blanco inked
Baseball America's Matt Eddy (via HardBallTalk) reports catcher Henry Blanco signed a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks.

The 42-year-old appeared in 50 games last season with the Blue Jays and Mariners -- 35 with Seattle, 15 with Toronto. He hit .142 three homers and 14 RBIs.

In his 15-year career, Blanco is a career .223 hitter with 72 home runs and 298 RBIs.

He'll have a shot at winning the backup catching position to Miguel Montero in Spring Training.