Red Sox pick Choi off waivers
By Boston.com 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.
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