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Mark Teixeira Rumors: Tuesday

Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:25 am
Edited on: December 17, 2008 1:12 am

12:07am: Sean McAdam of the Boston Herald does not believe the Red Sox will go beyond eight years for Teixeira.

10:32am: WEEI has a transcript of comments from Karl Ravech of ESPN regarding Tex.  Ravech believes "a decision is getting closer and closer to being made."  He says teams are escalating their offers and Teixeira should land in the $22-28MM salary range.  You can also hear Ravech's comments in a video at (upper right corner).

8:24am: According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox made an offer to Mark Teixeira.  Silverman believes it to be for eight years.  Tex is believed to be seeking more than $21MM per year, closer to Alex Rodriguez's $27.5MM per year.

The Angels are reportedly at eight years and at least $160MM, the Orioles around seven years, $140-150MM, and the Nationals at eight years, $160MM.

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Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 3:10 pm

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Tuesday

I'd love to see the Sox add Tex, even if it means losing Lowell. One problem I can foresee happening though, if we dump Lowell, is that no other players are going to want to give the Sox a home town discount if they think they're going to be abandoned the second a better option arises.  But, Lowell is coming off an injury-ridden season and if he doesn't come into this season at full strength he's going to be a liability in the lineup and at third, and if the Red Sox want to have any shot at winning the World Weries, they can't afford to take that kind of gamble.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 1:29 pm

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Tuesday

Teixeira to the sox makes a ton of sense.

Letting go of Mike Lowell will be a bitter pill to swallow, but as stated before he is 35 with a a suspect hip. The only other guy I sould think of moving would be David Ortiz (which is what I thought they ought to do), but as someone pointed out to me a dew days ago Papi is 10/5 guy and can veto any trade he wants (plus he still is in his prime and if he's healthy he'll rake especially with Mark Teixeira protecting him). I thought that keeping Lowell would be a good idea because he can still DH and a better option to play the field from time to time (which Ortiz never does except for interleague play). Kevin Youkilis isn't going anywhwere (except maybe across the diamond to thirdbase). Lowell's the guy they have to move to make room for Tex, it's a shame because I felt that he was the real leader in the Red Sox clubhouse this past season and much more deserving of the title of "Captain" than Varitek was.

Couldn't we just keep them all?

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2008 12:46 pm

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Tuesday

Bottom line is this is a business. Mark Teixeira is the #4 hitter the Sox need. Youkilis moves back to his original position of 3b. Unfotunately Lowell is the odd man out. He is aging and couldn't run at the end of the season. Mike Lowell is a great person. You will get no arguments. It is time to turn over the leadership of this clubhouse to Youks, Pedroia, Beckett as well as having Big Papi and more than likely Varitek. They have a ton of quality human beings and leaders already on that team. I am quite sure the need for Mike Lowell is out there. The Red Sox signed him to a reasonable contract so his trade value will be high. You cannot run a team with emotion. You have to run it based on what will make the team better. With many quality leaders on the team they can afford to lose one. Texy is a great guy as well so they are not losing anything and adding a 40 homer 110 rbi guy to protect Ortiz. Teixeira to the sox makes a ton of sense.

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 12:31 pm

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Tuesday

The Red Sox have been sucessful because they have taken emotion out of all decisons.  It makes sense to add a 28 year old Gold Glove Caliber, 300-30-120, switch hitting infielder, than keep a 35 year old 3rd baseman coming off hip surgery.  I know what you mean because alot of players have been let go from this regime, that I liked( Pedro, Damon), but as you said it's about the laundry.  It takes the romance out of the game, but it is the state of things.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2008 12:21 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 11:52 am

Red Sox Make Offer To Teixeira

If the signing of Teixeira will result in the departure of Mike Lowell, Red Sox Nation should be loudly denouncing this deal. Mike Lowell is a class act who took a hometown discount to continue playing with the Red Sox. To cavalierly dismiss both his love of Boston and his value as a club house leader just so room can be made for Mark Teixeira is wrong and sends a terrible message to current and future Red Sox players. I recognize that baseball is big business and many fans root for the laundry rather than the players wearing them but when a high character guy like Mike Lowell gets dismissed like yesterday's newspaper, something has gone terribly wrong with the game. Although I'd love to see Teixeira playing for the Bosox, let's hope that Theo and Larry treat him as an added weapon rather than a replacement to Lowell.

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 10:15 am

Red Sox Make Offer To Teixeira

hopefully the rd sox can sign tex. an dthen turn around and trade lowell for some catching help. not that i really want them to trade lowell he is just the odd man out he is a great guy to have n the clubhouse

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