Shin-Soo Choo is probably in The Best Shape of His Life

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So Shin-Soo Choo had a bad year.  So he goes back home to South Korea and his doctor, he suggested taking one these uh, aggression training courses. You know these aggression training courses like EST, those type of things?

Anyway, it cost 400 bucks! 400 bucks to join this thing? Well he didn’t have the money and he thought to himself, “Join the army”! It’s free. So he figured while he’s there he’ll lose a few pounds. And they got what, a 6 to 8 week training program there? A real tough one. Which is perfect for him:

After a tough 2011 season, the Indians outfielder spent four weeks with the South Korean army, fulfilling a service requirement for all men in his homeland. As part of a 180-man unit, Choo went on six-hour marches carrying a 50-pound knapsack, learned to shoot a gun and tossed hand grenades. The training not only got him into peak physical shape, but it got him mentally tougher and gave him time to contemplate his life.

Sounds like he walked out of there a Lean, Mean, Fightin’ Machine!

Diamondbacks return Rule 5 pick Tyler Jones to Yankees

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Diamondbacks’ right-hander Tyler Jones is headed back to the Yankees, the teams announced on Friday. The Diamondbacks had previously selected Jones in the Rule 5 draft last December, but elected to leave the 27-year-old off of their 40-man roster heading into the 2017 season. Rule 5 draft rules stipulate that when a player is not kept on the receiving team’s roster, the player must be offered back to his original team.

Jones signed a minor league contract with the Yankees prior to the 2016 season. He pitched to an impressive 2.17 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 13.2 SO/9 over 45 2/3 innings with Double-A Trenton, but was unable to make the leap to Triple-A or beyond during his stay with the organization.

Jones’ outlook with the Diamondbacks appeared slightly more promising. GM Mike Hazen described the righty as a power arm with a “good fastball and power curveball” after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft, and early reports indicated that Jones would be in the mix for a bullpen spot. A rough spring performance — underscored by his lack of experience at the Triple-A and major league levels — undid most of that confidence, however, and the Diamondbacks weren’t willing to keep him on the active roster throughout the entire 2017 season in order to acquire his control rights.

Jones is set to open the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, per a report from the Yankees.

Derek Norris signing with the Rays

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Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Norris was released by the Nationals nine days ago, made redundant by the Nats’ signing of Matt Wieters and by everyone sliding down a notch on the depth chart below him. Norris hit only .186/.255/.328 with 14 home runs and a .528 OPS for the Padres in 2016.

Still, there always seems to be a place for a backup catcher. For Norris that place is Tampa Bay.