teddyballgamemvp wrote:Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus is saying that he hears that Reed will need season-ending surgery, so Choo could play a lot this year. But those looking at him as a keeper should reconsider-- he has to return to Korea for his 2-year military service obligation (or else never return home) since he didn't make the WBC team that had their service time waived as a result of how well they did.
According to a Seattle Times article written in March, the Mariners believe they may be able to work around Korea's military service requirement in Choo's case.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/m ... ari04.html
Seattle Times wrote:What does have him nervous is the prospect of spending two years in the South Korean military. It is a mandatory commitment, and he said he is scheduled to serve at the end of the season when his passport expires.
"My agent, Benny Looper, and Jim Na are trying to work something out," Choo said. "Hopefully they will. I love baseball. It is something I think about, but not a lot."
Na is the Mariners' baseball administration director.
Looper, the Mariners' vice president of player development, said he is confident Choo will not have to serve after the season.
"I think he is OK [here] for the next couple of years."