Scott Boras: OF Shin-Soo Choo is 'revered'


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It finally came Wednesday. The annual Scott Boras news conference at the winter meetings that only a few of the lucky folks in the first row can actually hear.

There were probably 100 media members -- but it felt like 1,000 -- pointing microphones, recorders and cameras as if they were spears at Boras, poking for answers in regards to Shin-Soo Choo's future, among Boras' other clients.

And Boras didn't really offer many answers. He did say he is receiving offers on behalf of Choo and that he was "certainly in the middle of it" in regards to negotiations. The agent said Choo is a patient, thoughtful guy who wants to take time to look at all his options and talk things over with his wife. Boras said some of the offers have come from teams that are "building and some expecting to win" in 2014.

"He's really a player I think is revered," Boras said.

Boras wouldn't get into many details, but was asked about teams with money talking about staying within certain budgets.

"Budgets are a human design rather than a physical barrier," Boras said.

That might be the quote of the meetings so far.

The Rangers don't want to sign Choo at price levels close to the 7-year, $153 million Jacoby Ellsbury got. But if the price drops, that's a different story.