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Ji-Man Choi | First Baseman | #25

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / SEA
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Brewers optioned 1B Ji-Man Choi to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Despite his strong spring, Choi always faced an uphill battle for playing time given the team's depth at first base and in the corner outfield. He did have an option remaining, so he'll continue to provide depth while continuing to get everyday at-bats at Triple-A. Mar 30 - 7:32 PM

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Brewers purchased the contract of 1B Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Choi is somewhat of a surprise addition to the 25-man roster, as he is limited defensively to first base. He crushed Cactus League pitching, however, and he could be a weapon off the bench in the late innings for Milwaukee to start the season.
Mar 28 - 9:51 PM

Ji-Man Choi has been sidelined for the past couple of days due to sore ribs.

And he will likely need a couple more days of rest. Choi has batted .419/.525/.871 with three home runs and nine RBI in 19 games this spring, but it's hard to see a fit for him on the Brewers' major league roster. Maybe another club will take a look at the 26-year-old South Korean first baseman.
Mar 20 - 1:41 PM

Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam in the Brewers' 7-6 Cactus League defeat of the Dodgers on Monday.

Choi also singled and drew a walk in the game, finishing 2-for-2 with four RBI and two runs scored. The 26-year-old first baseman doesn't really have a path to playing time in Milwaukee, but his big spring could be a showcase for other teams with more of a need. He's batting .435 with a 1.433 OPS in 23 at-bats.
Mar 12 - 7:22 PM

Brewers signed 1B Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Choi will earn a base salary of $850,000 if he makes the big league roster and incentives could drive that figure as high as $1.5 million. The 26-year-old spent most of the 2017 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he slashed .288/.373/.538 with 15 homers and 69 RBI in just 87 games. He'll provide valuable insurance behind Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar.
Jan 14 - 9:44 PM

Ji-Man Choi's agency, GSM, told Yonhap News that their client is weighing offers from 13 different teams.

The offers -- which presumably are all of the minor league variety -- have come from the Yankees, Angels, Rays, A’s, Brewers, Marlins, Cubs, Reds, Orioles, Twins, Braves, Blue Jays and White Sox. Choi, 26, has batted only .181/.279/.386 in 147 plate appearances in the majors over the last two seasons, but he hit .288/.373/.538 with 15 homers for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in 2017.
Source: Yonhap News
Jan 1 - 7:06 PM

Ji-Man Choi has elected free agency.

The 26-year-old clubbed a pair of homers and drove in five runs in 15 at-bats with the Bombers this season. There's enough thump in his bat that he should be an in-demand option on the free agent market.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Yankees sent 1B Ji-Man Choi outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Choi cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He seems unlikely to get another shot this season, though, given the additions the Yanks have already made and could possibly still make.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 01:37:00 PM

Yankees designated 1B Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Todd Frazier, who was acquired from the White Sox on Tuesday night as part of a seven-player trade. Choi had four hits, including two home runs, in six games with the Yankees. The 26-year-old first baseman was also raking at Triple-A and will probably draw some interest in waivers.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 11:54:00 AM

Ji-Man Choi is not in the Yankees' starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Brewers.

A day after slugging a two-run homer against the Brewers, Choi will take a seat. Austin Romine is starting in his place at first base and batting seventh for the Bombers on Saturday.
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 11:17:00 AM

Ji-Man Choi slugged a two-run homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.

Choi has now homered in each of his first two games since his call-up from Triple-A. The 26-year-old is almost certainly a stopgap option at first base for the Yankees, but there’s deep league fantasy appeal in the interim.
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 12:17:00 AM

Ji-Man Choi slugged a two-run homer in his Yankees debut Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

It was a massive bomb to right-center field off Jays starter Marco Estrada in the bottom of the fifth inning. Choi was batting .317/.402/.516 over his last 451 plate appearances at the Triple-A level and should continue to see starts against right-handed pitching in New York. There's some deep-league fantasy appeal here.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 05:09:00 PM

Yankees purchased the contract of 1B Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Chris Carter was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Choi, 26, had hit .289/.371/.505 with eight home runs and 43 RBI through 56 games this season at the Triple-A level and should see some starts at first base against right-handers.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Ji-Man Choi didn't travel with the Yankees on Monday after being hit by a pitch in the helmet Sunday.

An offering from the Pirates' Antonio Bastardo grazed Choi's right shoulder and then caught him on the right ear flap of his helmet. The feeling is that Choi does not have a concussion, but the Yankees will obviously be careful.
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 06:25:00 PM

Yankees signed 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 25-year-old slashed a troublesome .170/.271/.339 in 129 plate appearances with the Angels last season. He was designated for assignment in late December but elected to explore free agency rather than accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A. He'll compete for a role on the Yankees' Opening Day bench.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017 06:07:00 PM

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