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As we have come to learn, agent Scott Boras does some of his best work in the latter stages of free agency. And in the case of Shin-Soo Choo, he faces yet another challenge in a career built on slaying them: find Choo a contract for the $140 million the New York Yankees offered him even after they signed Jacoby Ellsbury. 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 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.
While another Scott Boras client, Shin-Soo Choo, remains the biggest fish left on the free-agent board this offseason, Kendrys Morales sets up as a cautionary tale after turning down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer. Major League Baseball could bail out Boras by permitting Morales to work out a sign-and-trade, but the notion of MLB helping Boras, its famous nemesis, is fanciful indeed. ... Boras' best hope might be to steer Morales toward a team holding one of the top 10 picks in next June's draft; those picks are protected, meaning the clubs would give up their second-round pick and signing allotment. Among that group, Morales would be an upgrade at DH for theTwins and Astros. Or the Blue Jays could look at him as a modified sign-and-trade, acquiring him while flipping [Adam Lind].
Even after Seattle signed Robinson Cano, the question lingers. What the heck are the Mariners doing? Club officials are signaling to certain agents and others in the industry that the team is near its payroll limit, though certain exceptions may be made for the right player. Perhaps that player is left-hander David Price, whom the Mariners continue to discuss in trade conversations with the Rays, according to major-league sources. Perhaps that player is free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, who would be a more realistic choice than first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to serve as the right-handed complement to Cano. Whatever, it had better be somebody. ... The move, it appeared, was an attempt to regain credibility, rekindle a dormant, disgruntled fan base. But Cano, 31, cannot do all of that alone.
Already this offseason, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has been busy. Even after adding [Joaquin Benoit] and free-agent pitcher Josh Johnson, and making a trade for outfielder Seth Smith, the Padres might not be finished. Byrnes said late Tuesday that more moves could come. The Padres aren't adverse to adding a left-handed reliever, even though they picked up one during last week's Rule 5 Draft in Patrick Schuster. ... Byrnes also talked about "shuffling out depth," which could mean parting with players projected to be on the 25-man roster or on the bubble of making the Opening Day roster. That could mean that players like outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks and Jesus Guzman could be trade chips either on a singular basis or part of a larger deal.