Tuesday, January 17, 2017
SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap)—South Korean free agent Choi Ji-man has signed with the New York Yankees, with an invitation to spring training, his agency said Monday.
GSM said Choi signed for US$700,000 and will get a chance to compete for a big league job in spring training. If he makes the major league roster, then Choi will receive an additional $400,000 in incentives, GSM added.
The 25-year-old elected for free agency last week instead of accepting an assignment to the minors in the Los Angeles Angels system. The Angels designated him for assignment last month to make room for a new outfielder, Ben Revere, on their 40-man roster, and no club claimed Choi off the waiver wire.
Choi made his major league debut with the Halos last year after five seasons in the minors, and split his time between first base and outfield. Choi batted just .170 with five home runs in 54 games.
Seems like a decent flier to take. Here are Choi’s CAIRO projections for 2017.
He bats lefty, so he’d likely be taking PA away from Greg Bird at 1B in the event that Bird is either not producing or not healthy, but he could also see some DH time.
It can’t hurt to have some another lefty bat around for depth at relatively minimal cost. Good signing.
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