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Hee Seop Choi | First Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/16/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 253
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Korea University
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Devil Rays reassigned 1B Hee-Seop Choi and C Yamid Haad to minor league camp.
Choi was just 3-for-19 this spring. Maybe he'll have more opportunities in his future, but if the Rays need a first baseman this year, they'll probably go with Carlos Pena instead. Thu, Mar 22, 2007 03:38:00 PM

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Devil Rays signed first baseman Hee-Seop Choi to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

A report yesterday indicated that there was an option year on the deal that could make the contract worth up to $2 million. Choi could get a chance to compete for the starting job at first base in spring training. However, after his knee troubles last season, he's probably a long shot to break camp with the club.
Fri, Dec 1, 2006 06:07:00 PM

Hee-Seop Choi has reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Rays with an option for 2008.

The deal could be worth up to $2 million if Choi spends the two seasons in the majors. His chances of having a real shot at competing for the first-base job could hinge on the trade of an outfielder. As things stand now, the Rays may play Akinori Iwamura at second and Jorge Cantu at first. If Carl Crawford or Rocco Baldelli is traded, B.J. Upton likely would move to the outfield, putting Iwamura at third and keeping Cantu at second.
Wed, Nov 29, 2006 12:55:00 PM

Red Sox sent first baseman Hee-Seop Choi outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Choi, who has been sidelined with a knee injury at Triple-A Pawtucket for more than five weeks, was removed from Boston's 40-man roster on Aug. 1.
Thu, Aug 10, 2006 10:09:00 PM

Red Sox designated first baseman Hee-Seop Choi for assignment.

Choi has missed a month at Triple-A Pawtucket with a knee injury and wasn't hitting before he got hurt, so there's little doubt that he'll get through waivers.
Tue, Aug 1, 2006 07:15:00 PM

Hee-Seop Choi left Triple-A Pawtucket's game on Saturday after injuring his knee sliding into second base.

Choi is due to be examined today. He's hitting just .207/.347/.361 for Pawtucket.
Sun, Jul 2, 2006 03:22:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Hee-Seop Choi from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Since Mike Lowell is hitting, we don't necessarily disagree with this one. J.T. Snow brings little to the table these days, but Choi isn't going to be useful unless he's playing fairly regularly against right-handers. The Red Sox should have some need for him later on.
Thu, May 4, 2006 07:00:00 PM

Hee-Seop Choi, on the DL since the start of the year with a hamstring injury, has cleared waivers and will be optioned to Triple-A.

Even though he has options remaining, service-time requirements meant that Choi had to clear waivers to be sent down. No team opted to take on his contract despite his strong play at Pawtucket on a rehab assignment.
Thu, May 4, 2006 04:15:00 PM

Hee Seop Choi's (hamstring) minor league rehab assignment reached the 20-day maximum Wednesday, meaning the Red Sox must either call him up or option him to Triple-A.

Boston is expected to keep Choi at Triple-A, where he's hit .313 with three homers and 12 RBI in 19 games.
Thu, May 4, 2006 09:50:00 AM

Hee Seop Choi (hamstring) has hit safely in eight straight games at Triple-A, but his rehab assignment ends Wednesday.

While they'd be better off with Choi than J.T. Snow, the Red Sox are expected to keep him at Triple-A after the 20-day rehab assignment is up. Because Choi has options remaining, the Red Sox can do what they please.
Fri, Apr 28, 2006 08:32:00 AM

Hee Seop Choi (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and a walk Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Maybe GM Theo Epstein can talk the Cubs into taking J.T. Snow, because the Red Sox would be better off with Choi as a part-time first baseman. Hee-Seop is hitting .267/.405/.567 in 30 at-bats on his rehab assignment.
Sat, Apr 22, 2006 02:00:00 PM

Hee-Seop Choi (hamstring) homered and walked twice Friday in the first game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Choi remains on Boston's DL for now, but he'll probably be activated and optioned to the minors before long.
Sat, Apr 15, 2006 02:43:00 PM

Hee Seop Choi (hamstring) is still at extended spring training.

Choi is reportedly expected to begin playing at Triple-A Pawtucket soon.
Fri, Apr 14, 2006 09:09:00 AM

Red Sox placed first baseman Hee-Seop Choi on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 29, with a strained left hamstring.

Since there's no room for him on the 25-man roster, Choi will be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket once healthy.
Sat, Apr 1, 2006 03:45:00 PM

Hee-Seop Choi tweaked his left hamstring during Tuesday's game against the Reds, and he'll be examined on Wednesday.

Choi is expected to open the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Tue, Mar 28, 2006 11:25:00 PM

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