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Teixeira talks heating up

Posted on: December 10, 2008 8:59 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2008 5:11 am

LAS VEGAS -- The market for Mark Teixeira is taking shape, according to agent Scott Boras, and while still fluid, it is described as having reached the stage where the slugger could make a decision "in a short period of time."

"He's received offers from numerous clubs," Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings. "We've been on the phone all day. Now we'll have meetings to go through the economic process."

At least five clubs are seriously in on Teixeira, and sources familiar with the talks say at least four of those five have offers of at least eight years in to him: Boston, the Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles. The New York Yankees have been involved in the discussions but have not made an offer.

The Red Sox, who were in meetings late into the night Wednesday, is widely thought in the industry to be the leader of the Teixeira sweepstakes.

It is believed that at least one of the offers ranges up to $176 million, or an average annual value of $22 million per season. However it plays out, one person with knowledge of the talks said he expects Teixeira to command a larger deal that the seven-year, $161 million package pitcher CC Sabathia has agreed to with the New York Yankees.

Boras declined to discuss specific teams or contract terms -- he wouldn't even confirm the number of clubs seriously speaking with the free agent -- but said Teixeira is weighing several factors, including family and economic considerations, team strength, ownership and commitment to winning.

"It's not something that is imminent," Boras said. "We're going back and forth with the teams. It's moving in the right direction. I can't tell you a time frame."

The five teams involved in the talks fit various parameters of Teixeira's expectations. It is believed by some that Teixeira, who is a Maryland native, prefers to play in the east. However, Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who has spoken with Teixeira, said this week that he thinks Teixeiria's experience in Anaheim last season would make him amenable to returning.

Boras said Teixeira has met with all of the teams with whom he's currently speaking, and they've addressed his desires.

As for the winning part of the equation -- in a comment that seemed to describe the travails of the Nationals and Orioles -- Boras said, "If a team's building and can't immediately win, then they have a lot of answers as to why that will be a short (window) until they do."

Boras has evidence of that in his fleet of clients with Ivan Rodriguez, the catcher who signed with Detroit before the 2004 season. The Tigers were wretched, and three years later they were playing in the World Series.

Among the things Teixeira is asking for is a no-trade clause. After bouncing from Texas to Atlanta to the Angels over the past two seasons, and now empowered to protect himself via his first trip to free agency, Teixeira is said to be insistent on that.


Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2008 4:38 pm

Teixeira talks heating up

Good thing he's in pinstripes. He'll won't look as fat when he expands to 350 lbs in a couple of years.

If he's still pitching well for the Yankees after a couple of seasons I'll be shocked.

Good deal for him though. He'll still get paid.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2008 12:42 pm

Teixeira talks heating up

"C.C. is money every time he takes the bump"?  Does that include the playoffs, where he is 1-3 in 5 starts with a 7.92 ERA.  Included in that is an 0-2 record and 10.45 ERA in 2 starts against the Red Sox.  While it is obvious he is a very good pitcher who will make the Yankees much better, I think it is not unreasonable to at least wonder how he will handle the pressure of New York and possible future postseason starts. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2008 12:32 pm

Teixeira talks heating up

Honestly ... after hearing the prices at the "palace" in the Bronx I don't know how many games my poor college ass can even attend....Can bleacher prices really rise?!?!?!


Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2008 11:00 am

Teixeira talks heating up

Hey YnksSuk- BoSoxWn

I'm sorry may have got your name mispelled - the Yankees just spent 23 million per year on a pitcher to replace the 20 wins by mussina - what maybe 1 or 2 wins ...... and if CC is great he opts out in 3 years for more money - if he breaks down (see Pavano, Johnson, etc) he stays for 7 and gets fatter .........

The Yankees are trying to buy the Championship again - its worked so well lately...........

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2008 7:48 am

Teixeira talks heating up

i agree that tex would look good in that redsox lineup but there getting to be like the yankees of the last 6 years. pitching wins and thats a fact.  i'm a huge yankee fan and if they can land burnett and either lowe or sheets that staff would be sick. i know they need to stay healthy but just imagine a staff of cc, burnett, sheets, wang, hughes, thats sick. i think  the sox need to add a starter before they over pay for tex( not that the yankees haven't overpaid before). remember when the yanks added shef, arod, ppl thought they were going all the way but again it comes down to pitching.

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Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2008 3:48 am

Teixeira talks heating up

I doubt it. With the type of caliber player and the fact that a no trade clause can be waived by the player I think it's a strong possiblility. Besides everyone has to change a rule once and awhile. that said who else, but Teixeira can do that (well beside Mr. Ramirez) he's a stellar player and they do need it.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2008 3:28 am

Teixeira talks heating up

I hope they are out. The Yankees have a big hole at 1st base. The article also said he wants to be on a winning team, so that would probably eliminate Baltimore, and Washington. I think the three teams with the best chance are NY, Boston, and LAA. I just saw on ESPNEWS that Foxsports is reporting that Boston is making progress on a deal for Teixeira, so maybe Boston is the front runner. F***! Anywhere but Boston.

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