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There are still a good number of hitters available in free agency that could get deals over the coming weeks. The biggest names are outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz, shortstop Stephen Drew and second baseman Omar Infante.
The Texas Rangers are happy both Choo and Cruz are still available, according to ESPN Dallas' Richard Durrett. The Rangers like both, but would like for their asking prices to come down:
The longer it takes either one to sign, the more likely the price gets lowered to a range the club is comfortable doing. Texas likes both players, and either one would fit in to what the club would want. Choo could lead off and allow the Rangers to move Leonys Martin down in the batting order. Cruz provides power and could hit in the middle of the lineup. Either way, the lineup gets a boost.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that whichever team goes to eight years is the one he believes will land Choo.
One veteran general manager told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he believes the Astros will be where Choo ultimately lands, according to this tweet.
As far as Drew is concerned, it seems he made a mistake not accepting the Red Sox's one-year qualifying offer. Thus far nobody has really bit on him, instead waiting to see how the market pans out.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com tweeted that the Red Sox and Drew's agent, Scott Boras, have met. However, there hasn't been a formal offer made.
After Robinson Cano bolted New York for Seattle, there were many (including me) who thought the Yankees would go after Infante. And they have. However, according to this tweet by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees have offered Infante a three-year deal, while Infante wants four years and $40 million.
Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi tweeted the Royals were also interested in Infante, along with two other teams. One of those teams (interestingly enough) is the Reds, according to this tweet by Nightengale. Of course, the Reds would have to move Brandon Phillips, but that's another story.
There's still a lot left on the market and it seems players (and their agents) are waiting patiently until teams have to scramble to fill their needs.