Report: Choo talks reaching ‘critical stage’

Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, perhaps the top outfielder remaining on the free-agent market, might not be available much longer. On the first night of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Ken Rosenthal of and MLB Network tweeted that talks involving Choo “appear to be reaching [a] critical stage.”

Although several clubs could be bidding, Rosenthal identifies the Rangers and D-backs as two that are heavily involved. Texas has been rumored to be interested in Choo throughout the offseason, while Arizona has been more under the radar.

However, our Anthony Castrovince tweets that the D-backs are “a strong suitor,” partly because the 31-year-old has a home in Buckeye, Ari., just outside of Phoenix.

— Andrew Simon

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