Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the biggest South Korean baseball star, isn't expected to play for his home country during the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Choo's agent, Scott Boras, said in a recent interview that the 30-year-old instead will focus his efforts on preparing for the 2013 regular season -- his final one before becoming a free agent. Choo also may need to adjust to a new team during spring training, since it's possible the Cleveland Indians will trade him between now and then.
It appears Choo and Boras are prioritizing what could be a substantial payday for Choo following next season. While insurance is provided to teams and players through the WBC -- a joint venture between Major League Baseball and the players' union -- some stars choose to sit out because of fears that the tournament will affect their regular-season performance and, thus, their earnings.
Choo's absence could be devastating to the title hopes of a South Korean team that reached the semifinals of the...