Shin-Soo Choo passed his physical with the Texas Rangers, clearing the way for the completion of the outfielder's $130 million, seven-year deal.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday night that Choo passed his physical and would be formally introduced in Texas on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement from the team.
The Rangers scheduled a press conference Friday afternoon. The said only that it was to "announce a major free agent signing" and provided no other details.
Choo's deal, worth about $18.6 million per season, is the third-highest this offseason. The deal was agreed upon last weekend, but was pending the completion of the physical.
Second baseman Robinson Cano got $240 million over 10 years from Seattle and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, like Choo, a client of agent Scott Boras, signed a $153 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Choo started 150 games in center field and had a .423 on-base percentage last season for Cincinnati in his only year with the Reds. He hit .285 with 21 homers and 20 stolen bases and scored 107 runs as their primary leadoff hitter.
The Rangers will likely use Choo in left field because they have Leonys Martin in center and Alex Rios in right. And Choo could be their leadoff hitter.