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Mark Teixeira Rumors: Thursday

Posted on: December 18, 2008 9:56 am
Edited on: December 18, 2008 11:08 pm

9:58pm: Red Sox owner John Henry said:

"We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."

Wow.  From favorites to out of the bidding.

9:16pm: Gordon Edes says Boston's eight-year offer is more than $160MM but less than the $184MM figure Lynch mentioned.  In a newer article, Edes talked to a Red Sox exec who called the idea of a $25MM salary for Tex "ridiculous."  This info gels with the Gammons/Olney suggestion of $22MM per year.  Edes adds that it won't be a "take it or leave it" type of meeting. 

Edes says the Angels haven't budged off their original offer, which is north of $160MM.  The Nationals have been told by Boras that they'd have to pay extra. 

8:38pm: The Red Sox "aren't close to getting a deal done" with Teixeira according to an updated report by Dan Roche of WBZTV.

8:34pm: When asked whether the Angels might improve their offer to Teixeira, Tony Reagins simply repeated that he had already made him a "fair offer."

6:55pm: Dan Roche of WBZTV also confirms the meeting. He suggests an eight-year Red Sox offer in the $180MM range, but hears that Boston doesn't expect anything "conclusive" tonight.

6:38pm: Buster Olney and Peter Gammons confirm Lynch's report. ESPN has heard from major league sources that Boras may soon meet with Red Sox executives. Olney and Gammons heard from another team's executive who expects the offer to be for "about $22MM" per year for eight years, or about $176MM in total.

5:21pm: Mike Lynch from Channel 5 in Boston reports John Henry and Theo Epstein will meet with Scott Boras tonight with the aim of signing Teixeira tonight or Friday morning.  Lynch says the Sox are offering eight years and $184MM.

1:59pm:'s Jon Heyman on rumored offers for Tex:

One source said he believed that Boston was in for close to $180 million over eight years and the Angels in for about the same. The Nats may be as high, or even higher than that. Some suggest they have either hit the $200 million mark, or gotten very close. Or that someone else has.

Heyman expects Teixeira to sign next week, and agrees that the Red Sox are the favorites.  He provides odds of each bidding team signing Teixeira.

8:55am: Yesterday's Mark Teixeira post focused on the Orioles - they seem to be falling behind, though Andy MacPhail said there's flexibility with their offer.

We learned today from Kat O'Brien of Newsday today that the Yankees have not made an offer to Teixeira, and may not if the bidding gets too high.

Nick Cafardo's been talking to a GM involved in the bidding, and that person says the Red Sox have the highest offer on the table.  The offer could be eight years at the highest average annual salary.  Sean McAdam says the Red Sox have their own ceiling and won't get into a bidding war.  He adds that there's no backup plan for Boston - "it's Teixeira or bust."


Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2008 11:36 am

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Thursday


That's who I was talking about.

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2008 2:41 pm

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Thursday

Chris Carter is 26 years old and at AAA. The minors are full of Crash Davis types who never will make it in the bigs.  If he was all that, he'd have been up long ago.  Best case: he might be another Kevin Millar, but I highly doubt he'll be a superstar.  Superstars come up at 23 or sooner.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2008 10:44 am

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Thursday

I'm not a Sox fan, and the Sox have Lowell, Youk, and a guy destroying the minors. I wasn't even thinking about Ortiz. The guy in the minors is projected to be just as good as Tex, and he's going to be much younger. The Sox were in on this because they were afraid the Yankees were going to try to sign him.

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2008 8:57 pm

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Thursday

Seen Ortiz PLAY 1st lately!  The bag has more range than he does.  Truth is Ortiz may be the oldest 34 in the history of baseball.  Lowell, who could play 1st, gives them a solid 1-2 punch in that dubious area.   Why would you NOT want to lock up a solid RBI machine for the next 8 years at 1B?  It sure would ease the pain of watching Lowell/Ortiz break down in the next 2 years, and I don't see any free agents coming down the pike for a few years, so yes, Sox fan, it really is Teixeira or "bust...

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2008 10:59 am

Mark Teixeira Rumors: Thursday

Backup plan? Teixeira or bust? Why are they talking about this like the Red Sox need a first baseman? They have not just one, not just two, but three above average guys that either can or will be able to play first base in the near future at a high level. Stop talking about it like the Red Sox have a hole at first.

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