Updates from Wednesday, Dec. 18
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports the Rangers' potential interest in another player could affect the team's pursuit of Shin-Soo Choo:
Rangers doing significant background work on Masahiro Tanaka. Have room for one significant expenditure. May slow movement on Shin-Soo Choo.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 18, 2013
Passan also had more information on talks between the Yankees and Choo:
Superagent Scott Boras does some of his finest work in the latter stages of free agency. And in the case of Shin-Soo Choo, he faces yet another challenge in a career built on slaying them: find Choo a contract for the $140 million the New York Yankees offered him even after they signed Jacoby Ellsbury.
In the aftermath of Robinson Cano's defection to Seattle, New York presented Choo a seven-year, $140 million deal, three sources outside the Yankees' organization told Yahoo Sports. When Boras countered asking for more money—one source indicated he wanted "Ellsbury money," or $153 million over seven years—the Yankees pulled the offer and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.