Shin-Soo Choo Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Star OF

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

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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 moneyone source indicated he wanted "Ellsbury money," or $153 million over seven yearsthe Yankees pulled the offer and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.