The Rangers are considering a run at top-tier free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo but have apparently ruled out the other top free agent outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury.

Texas needs to replace the offense provided by Nelson Cruz, and assuming the Rangers don't re-sign Cruz, Choo fits the bill. However, a Rangers connected person suggested they aren't likely to secure him if "rumored prices" are accurate.

That person didn't specify with rumors he was referring to, but word is out Choo and agent Scott Boras have in mind the previous deals for Jayson Werth ($126 million, seven years) and Carl Crawford ($142 million, seven years) as he seeks teams in the bidding for Choo and Ellsbury.

The Rangers aren't as interested in Ellsbury because they are pleased with center fielder Leonys Martin, who did a decent job as a rookie in 2013 and seems primed to take a step forward.

Texas also has talked to Dodgers about their potentially available outfielders, who include Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Cruz and Curtis Granderson are among other free-agent outfielders, but there's been limited suggestion to this point that there will be a reunion with Cruz, who was their top power hitter most of 2013.

The Rangers haven't often set the market in terms of prices but word is they were willing to pay about the same $147 million over six years Zack Greinke received from the Dodgers. They also have a track record not shying away from Boras clients, as they signed Adrian Beltre for $80 million over five years (with a sixth-year vesting option that could make it $96 million) and their own Elvis Andrus to an eight-year, $120-million extension. The Rangers also heavily pursued Prince Fielder but fell short of the Tigers' winning, $214-million, nine-year deal.