ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Shin-Soo Choo has rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer made to him last week by the Cincinnati Reds.

Choo's rejection was not unexpected. He was reportedly seeking a long-term, $100-plus million contract.

Choo, 31, batted .285 with 21 home runs, 54 RBIs and 107 runs as the Reds leadoff man last year. He also drew 116 walks and his .423 on-base percentage trailed only teammate Joey Votto in the National League. Choo was also hit by a pitch a Major League-leading 26 times, a new franchise record.

By making the offer, Cincinnati is in a position to receive a compensation pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft if Choo signs with another team. However, the Reds plan to continue negotiating with Choo, hoping that he will return to the team.




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