Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/12
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 inaugural tournament in 2006 and lost the 2009 final to Japan in 10 innings. Choo was the lone major leaguer on the Korean team that stunned star-laden Venezuela, 10-2, to reach the championship game. Choo is the only South Korean to appear in the majors during either of the past two seasons. He may soon be joined by starter Ryu Hyun-Jin, whose negotiating rights were purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. (Boras also represents Ryu and said the left-hander won't pitch in the WBC because of his anticipated adjustment to the major leagues.) Choo posted an .815 OPS with 16 home runs in 155 games for the Indians this year and is known for his strong throwing arm in right field. During an interview late in the season, Choo said he was undecided about the WBC and acknowledged that many of his Korean friends had been pressuring him to play. "Of course," Choo said then. "A lot of countries just enjoy to play (in the WBC), but the Korean team and Japanese team I think are more serious. The United States, Dominican (Republic), Venezuela -- a lot of countries just enjoy to play. Korea's not (that way). There's more stress and more pressure." When asked why the Korean team has had so much success in the WBC with so few MLB players, Choo said, "After the first World Baseball Classic, baseball (became) more popular. There's so many fans right now, sold-out baseball parks. ... We're getting better in our system, (with) more players. We showed in the WBC the last two times, we've done a pretty good job." South Korea is scheduled to compete in pool play March 2-5 in Taiwan, against the Netherlands, Australia and a fourth qualifier to be determined.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

When will it be OK to worry about Clayton Kershaw?

LeBron James wanted Cavs to trade Kyrie Irving for Chris Paul after 2016 title?

Ivy League-educated ex-NFL player questions recent CTE study

Timberwolves seriously exploring Kyrie Irving trade

Is there really such a thing as a Cubs World Series baby boom?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Cavs reportedly wanted to sign Rose before Irving trade request

Report: Whitehead changed his story to Cowboys multiple times

Report: Novak Djokovic could miss rest of season with elbow injury

Reggie Jackson praises, urges caution with Aaron Judge

Panthers QB Cam Newton shows up to camp in best shape of career

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker