Choo turned down $140 million offer from Yankees

December 19, 2013

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports

Choo decided to take a strike.

Choo decided to take a strike.

Choo Shin-soo turned down a 7-year $140 million offer from the New York Yankees, according to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

Choo’s agent is Scott Boras, and his other outfielder client Jacoby Ellsbury had received a 7-year $153 million contract from the Yankees earlier, prompting Boras to ask for a similar deal for Choo.

The Yankees, however, pulled the offer off the table, and moved on to sign Carlos Beltran instead for $45 million over three years. The Yankees declined to comment on the reported offer to Choo, according to Passan.

Passan also reports that the Texas Rangers “have shifted their focus” to Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka.