*Sources: Texas Rangers met with free agent Shin-Soo Choo
The New York Yankees both took themselves out of the Shin-Soo Choo market on Tuesday and likely upped his price at the same time.
It did not, however, shake the Rangers’ free agent focus.
According to two major league sources, the club met recently with free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is considered the top free agent on the market. According to various internet reports, the Yankees and Ellsbury agreed to a seven-year deal worth more than $140 million on Tuesday. That’s likely to only up the price for Choo, which was expected to be close to $20 million annually before the Ellsbury deal. Both Choo and Ellsbury are represented by Scott Boras.
The Rangers are high on Choo’s plate discipline and on-base ability. They are, according to a source, one of four teams to be actively engaged with Choo. A source, however, indicated that odds were still long the Rangers would land Choo.
According to at least one internet-based report, Detroit has also targeted Choo as its next free agent target. With an aging owner and smarting from four trips to the ALCS or World Series without a championship over the last eight years, Detroit may be more willing to spend aggressively to finish out its roster.