Via Mark Feinsand:
"According to sources, the Yankees have set Beltran as their No. 1 target while they wait to reignite talks with Robinson Cano, for Hiroki Kuroda to decide whether he wants to return next season and for the Japanese posting system to be hammered out so righthander Masahiro Tanaka can be made available...
Likewise, Beltran has let it be known to those around him that the Yankees are his top choice, hoping to finally land himself in pinstripes after previous free-agent flirtations during the past decade did not work out."
Sorry, Tanaka Watch. You just got dropkicked to the back burner (probably a safety hazard BTW) by Beltran Watch. With McCann all but locked up, the Yankees are moving onto the next name on their list and this report makes it sound like that name is Beltran's, written in all caps with one of those really thick Sharpies.
Do I prefer him to Choo? No I do not. Do I think he'd be a great signing on a 2-year deal to bump Ichiro to the bench where he belongs? I absolutely do. Sounds like the number of years is the hold up right now, but if the Yanks don't cave to a 3rd and get Beltran for 2/$30 mil, that's another win for them.