Choo Shin-soo among 10 worst MLB contracts: ESPN

August 1, 2014
Choo Shin-soo is seen here listening to Rangers' batting coach Dave Magadan. (AP)

Choo Shin-soo is seen here listening to Rangers’ batting coach Dave Magadan. (AP)

Texas Rangers’ Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo ended up on ESPN’s ‘The 10 worst contracts” list.

The assessment was made by an analytical projection system called ZiPS, which was created by ESPN statistics specialist Dan Szymborski. It estimates players’ virtual contract values based on their performance in comparison to the money they receive.

Choo, who ranks fifth on the list of the worst contracts, is worth $66 million less than the seven-year, $130 million contract he signed in the offseason, the report said.

Choo has been evaluated as playing with half the skills he was expected to, though the report noted that he has been struggling with an ankle injury.

The highly-touted Korean is batting only.240 in June and July with an on-base percentage 0.351.

ESPN said players over 30 such as Choo have a higher risk of injury, making the enormous deal conspicuous.

Choo’s Rangers teammate Prince Fielder was No. 1 on the list. Fielder, 30, is out for the season with a neck injury.

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