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17 days until pitchers and catchers report

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

17 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training for the Texas Rangers.

From Opening Day, 2014, through May 6, Shin-Soo Choo put up a .370/.500/.554 line for the Rangers.  After May 6, he put up a .209/.293/.328 line, before finally shutting it down in late August to deal with a bad elbow and a bad ankle.

Texas gave Choo a huge 7 year, $130M contract after the 2013 season in the belief he'd be an on-base machine that would be a catalyst to the Rangers offense.  He's owed $14 million in 2015, then $102 million from 2016-20.  If the Rangers are going to be A.L. West contenders again in 2015, they really need Choo to perform the way they hoped he would when they signed him as a free agent.

Less flailing around while in the outfield would be a good thing, too.