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Ji-Man Choi | Designated Hitter | #25

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / SEA
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Rays acquired 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi from the Brewers for INF Brad Miller and cash considerations.
Choi, 27, had been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day on Sunday. He appeared in 12 games for the Brewers this season, slashing .233/.281/.500 with a pair of homers and five RBI in 32 at-bats. He'll report to Triple-A Durham. Jun 10 - 6:50 PM

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Brewers optioned 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Choi belted a grand slam Saturday but is being sent down a day later. He'll get to play more regularly for Colorado Springs.
Jun 10 - 10:34 AM

Brewers recalled 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Choi hit .286/.375/.643 with a homer over 16 plate appearances for the Brew Crew last month. He figures to be used mainly as a pinch-hitter.
Jun 1 - 3:58 PM

Brewers optioned 1B Ji-Man Choi to Triple-A Colorado springs.

Choi is being sent down to make room for Ryan Braun, who will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. He performed well over his five games with the Brewers, hitting .286/.375/.643 with a homer over 16 plate appearances.
May 23 - 4:39 PM

Ji-Man Choi slugged a solo homer and drew a walk Friday versus the Twins.

Choi, who turns 27 years old on Saturday, was called up after Ryan Braun hit the disabled list Thursday due to a back injury. He made the start out of the DH spot on Friday and homered in his first at-bat against Kyle Gibson. Choi was up for just one day after cracking the Opening Day roster, but he should see a longer stay this time. There’s some pop in his at-bat, but the at-bats are unlikely to be there to justify a pickup in fantasy leagues.
May 19 - 12:22 AM

Brewers recalled 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Choi had a pinch-hit double in his brief time with the Brewers earlier this season. He could see some starts in the designated hitter spot this weekend with the Brew Crew playing in Minnesota.
May 18 - 8:13 AM

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

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

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