Say this for Scott Boras — his players get theirs and he always gets his cut. I’d hire him even if the home team usually is left holding the empty bag.
While the first-place and the 2016 World Series champion Texas Rangers continue to pile up losses against the good and the bad teams of big league baseball, two of their highest paid players continue to do nothing. Now they are officially hurt, too.
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, welcome back to the disabled list. Prince Fielder, it’s nice to see you, too. Just be sure to collect your billion dollar check as you pass GO.
Both Choo and Our Prince are on the DL; Choo is expected back in 15 days while Prince may be done for the year ... although a strong argument can be made he’s been done since the season began.
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The only good news for the Rangers is they built their strong record — before this recent collapse — with virtually no production from either of their two big cash bats this season.
Choo: 33 games, .260 BA, 7 HR, 17 RBI
Prince: 89 games, .212, 8 HR, 44 RBI
Good news, Rangers fans:
Imagine how much these guys would be worth if they were in the lineup and producing?
Since they came to the Rangers in 2014 (Prince) and 2015 (Choo), they have been injury-plagued disappointments who have only showed flashes of their previous selves that warranted Rangers GM Jon Daniels’ stupid decision to overpay these guys who were on the wrong side of 30.
As a general rule you don’t overpay players you don’t know who are 30. The Rangers got away with it huge on the six-year deal for Adrian Beltre (also a Boras guy), but have been wrecked with it on Prince and Choo.
Here are the numbers from Choo and Prince since they arrived in Texas. Give yourself a moment to be sick.
Prince: 289 games, 34 HR, 158 RBI, .269 BA
Choo: 305 games, 56 2B, 42 HR, 139 RBI, .260 BA
Prince is now facing his second season-ending surgery since he arrived. It is looking increasingly like he will follow the career trajectory of his dad, Cecil, and fall off at 33 or 34.
This is Choo’s third trip to the DL this season, and fourth as a Ranger. He battled a variety of injuries his first year with the team but stayed in the lineup to play 123 games.
In reviewing their splits (first half, second half) as Rangers, they have combined to have one fantastic season for the club. Other than that, they have been injured, overpaid players.
In the first half of 2015, Prince batted .339 with 14 homers and 54 RBI.
In the second half of 2015, Choo batted .343 with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers and 44 RBI.
They are not bad pros or bad guys but their production has been lacking.
It is not their fault they signed monster contracts with the Rangers (Choo) and Tigers (Fielder, who was later dealt to the Rangers in a deal for second baseman Ian Kinsler). It is the fault of JD to give them these deals that, so far, have not been helpful in his ability to build the team.
That is only because team owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson gave him the money to do as needed.
The moral of the story? Avoid Scott Boras free agents if possible. The player gets overpaid. The agent gets paid. The team is often left holding the bag.