MLB Rumors: New Pittsburgh Pirates First Baseman Angry With Team

The relationship between the Pittsburgh Pirates and their new first baseman, Ji-Man Choi, has had a rocky start.

The Pirates recently raised concerns about Choi's participation in the World Baseball Classic, resulting in his removal from South Korea's roster.

Choi was removed from South Korea's WBC roster this week after the Pirates expressed concern about a minor elbow procedure Choi underwent in November.

This caused disappointment and frustration for Choi, who stated he was fully recovered from a minor elbow procedure he underwent in November and there was nothing that suggested he had a setback with his recovery. He even reported being healthy enough to take live batting practice.

"I was healthy enough to take live batting practice recently," Choi told reporters. " I was extremely disappointed and deeply hurt because I was building up nicely for the national team training camp in the middle of this month and the first round of the WBC." 

It's a bad start to the Pirates and Ji Man-Choi's relationship, whom Pittsburgh acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in November. 

However, this is not the only issue between the two sides. They also have a disagreement over Choi's salary for 2023, with Choi asking for $5.4 million and the Pirates offering $4.65 million, a fairly significant gap. Photo Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports