Jacoby Ellsbury's seven-year deal worth more than $140 million he agreed to on Tuesday with the New York Yankees might have just put the Texas Rangers out of the running for fellow Scott Boras client Shin-Soo Choo.
Choo was thought to be the Rangers' top free agent target this winter, and probably still is, but many people out there believe Choo will be able to command more money than Ellsbury due to his superior durability.
The Rangers reportedly met with Choo recently, according to The Dallas Morning News, but that was before Ellsbury struck his deal Tuesday evening with the Yankees.
Choo is coming off a career year in terms of on-base percentage, which is the part of his game the Rangers are biggest on. He posted a .423 on-base percentage, hit .285 and hit 21 home runs with 20 stolen bases.
The Morning News reported a source said the Rangers are one of four teams in on Choo, with another being the Detroit Tigers, and the odds are long that the South Korean will end up in Texas due to the Tigers' wilingness to spend big to get over the hump of recent close calls in their quest to win a World Series.