Found November 13, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will forego the upcoming World Baseball Classic in order to “prepare” for the 2013 season, reports FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi. With free agency looming, it appears that Choo and his agent Scott Boras are doing everything they can to ensure that market value remains in tact, even if it means disparaging one of 30 potential employers and skipping the a tournament that means considerably more to his home country than it does to those in America. “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,” writes Morosi. Choo posted an .815 OPS with 16 home runs in 155 games for the Indians in 2012. [Related: A Hypothetical Off-Season: Getting Specific with the Indians Roster]
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