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Cincinnati Reds sign Alex Blandino, Reiver Sanmartin to minor league deals

Shin-Soo Choo got on-base at a ridiculous 42.3% rate during the 2013 season for the Cincinnati Reds, eventually garnering some down-ballot MVP votes before entering free agency for the first time. That came after the Reds issued him a qualifying offer, which he rightfully declined, and Choo went on to sign a massive 7-year, $130 million contract with the Texas Rangers later that winter.

Because of the declined QO, the Reds ended up with a compensation pick in the 2014 MLB Draft the following summer, one they used on Stanford infielder Alex Blandino with the 28th overall selection.