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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:37 pm

Red Sox pick Choi off waivers
By Staff | March 24, 2006

The Red Sox claimed first baseman Hee-Seop Choi off waivers from the Dodgers today, the team announced.

Kevin Youkilis and J.T. Snow are expected to share time at first base this season for the Red Sox, with Snow spelling Youkilis as a defensive replacement in the late innings.

Choi, who represented South Korea in last month's World Baseball Classic, has spent time with the Cubs (2002-03), Marlins (2004) and Dodgers (2004-05). He is a career .240 hitter with 40 home runs, 120 RBIs and a .349 on-base percentage in 363 major league games. He hit 15 home runs for the Dodgers last year, batting .253 with 15 doubles and 42 RBI in 133 games.

The 27-year-old Choi committed only two errors in 762 chances at first base in 2005 with the Dodgers, which tied him for the second-best fielding percentage (.997) in the National League. The left-handed batter and thrower has a career fielding percentage of .992. ... d+Sox+News"
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Postby Matthias » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:38 pm

tellin ya folks, theo is thinking '07.

"We have liked Choi for a long time and view this as an opportunity to acquire him when his value is down a bit," Boston general manager Theo Epstein said. "We like his power, his patience and his hands at first base. Choi provides depth for us at first base and in a way third base as well, considering Kevin Youkilis' ability to play both positions."

Mike Lowell, who won a Gold Glove at third base last year with Florida, is Boston's starter but is coming off a poor season at the plate.

"We'll see how our roster shakes out, but Choi does have minor league options if we want him to get every day at-bats in Triple-A for a period of time," Epstein said.
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Postby thedude » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:12 pm

Chio is going to get sent down and have a year to devolp, and learn to hit both lefties and righties. Then next year he will compete for the firstbase job and Youk can move to third. The Red Sox continue to get younger and better while the yankees still continue to buy over the hill, washed-up, big names. Low Risk, High reward move. ;-D
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Postby Matthias » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:08 pm

yup. and according to the globe today, that's exactly what they're going to do.

Hee Seop Choi, who has a minor league option remaining, stands to be the last cut. Because he debuted in the majors more than three years ago, Choi will have to clear revocable waivers to be optioned. He's expected to clear, given that the Sox were able to claim him last week, after all 16 NL teams passed on him and the AL teams with a better 2005 record than the Sox passed on him. His eventual demotion will get the club to 25.
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