Dec 19 2013, 6:01pm CST | by Poch de la Rosa
"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 (Choo's agent Scott) 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.
"Asked to confirm the Choo offer, Yankees officials declined comment. Their recusal from the Choo sweepstakes took one big-money team out, and sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that the Texas Rangers have shifted their focus to Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka, whom most officials in baseball expect to be posted by his team in Japan.
"Other teams may do the same in an effort to draw down Choo's price tag, though if there is a truth about Boras, It's that he usually gets his money."
In light of the alleged fallout, Passan goes on to say that one team interested in Choo's services is the Houston Astros. However, he stresses Houston is not likely to give up a draft pick because Carlos Rodon -- another client of Boras -- would be a strong candidate to go No. 1 overall.
For one, Drellich confirms Passan's assessement that the Astros aren't willing to give up a draft pick for Choo. Drecllich also cites Houston owner Jim Crane, who says approximately $30 million will be added to the Astros' 2014 payroll. It would be difficult to accommodate Choo as Scott Feldman, Dexter Fowler and Chad Qualls account for $20 million of that amount.
On the other hand, the fact that the Yankees were willing to offer big money to Choo is "a strong indication" the team "plans to deal Ichiro Suzuki," per George A. King III of The New York Post. King notes Suzuki will earn a $6.5 million paycheck in 2014.
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