Though the Astros are rumored to be one of the teams most interested in signing free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Houston Chronicle reports that they're unlikely to do so and are even surprised that the rumors have persisted.
"I think it's natural that when a player is still out there of his caliber that a lot of teams are going to be associated with it, but beyond that, I don't comment on particular players," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He's a good player and he's going to have interest from a lot of clubs."
The report estimates the Astros have less than $10 million still free for 2014 but that owner Jim Crane could approve a bigger signing if it made sense. Choo has already rejected a seven-year, $140 million offer from the Yankees. The Rangers have also been linked to him this offseason.