Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million deal, many thought that Robinson Cano would be the next big signing. Not exactly.

According got Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Yankees made a seven-year, $140 million offer to Shin-Soo Choo right after they had signed Ellsbury. When Choo rejected the offer, they moved on and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal instead.

Choo has been searching for a contract at his price, all while his market appears to be shrinking every day. Passan says that Choo has multiple offers on the table at the moment. The Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks has been the teams showing the most interest lately.

Choo is the best available player on the market -- until Masahiro Tanaka gets posted, if he'll even be posted -- is worth paying a lot of money, but maybe not anything more than the $140 he rejected from the Yanks. A lead-off hitter that can get on base would fill a hole on a lot of teams.

The Yankees were likely trying to sign him to fill the void of Cano's impending signing with the Mariners. The Bombers signed Ellsbury a few days before Cano signed in Seattle, the same day the Yanks agreed to terms with Beltran.

It'll be interesting to see if Choo ends up landing a contract bigger than what the Yankees offered him.


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