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Teixeira Update

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have yet to make free agent MarkTeixeira an offer (you have to scroll down a bit for it).

Ken Davidoff of Newsday says the Yankees have expressed interest ... but perhaps just to drive up the price for the Red Sox (again, you have to scroll down a bit for it).

And the Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has initiated talks. Don't shoot the messenger.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 18, 2008; 10:25 AM ET
 
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Hahaha, Tracee, you're stellar. Even when Chico comes back, make up a reason to post from time to time.

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Queue rampage...

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 18, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update on the Angels strategy, the Orioles strategy, and the Yankees strategy. If you happen to hear anything about the Nats strategy, we would most appreciate it if you would pass it along.

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan1 | November 18, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Here is a hypothetical ArlingtonNatsFan1 inspired:

Is it better for A) you, B) the Post, and C) the Nationals to have no update on the Nats Teixeira search or to have an update that says Jim Bowden refuses to share any information about it?

Posted by: Section506 | November 18, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I guess I just don't see this silence as all that surprising. Kasten and Bowden have a history of being silent (Kasten) if not deceptive (Bowden) about ongoing negotiations with players. The fact that they came out at the beginning of the offseason and said they were going after a couple of arms and a big bat or two, and even went as far as naming Tex should have surprised nobody. Everybody in the world knew that was coming.

My point I guess is that it's tough to report on news that isn't there.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | November 18, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, this goes to the distinction between reporting news, and investigative reporting. (Take a look at the Newsday article--it doesn't quote a single source officially with the Yankees, but yet it provides real news and, given Newsday's established reputation covering sports, it comes is credible--credible enough for Tracee to point us to it at least.) When it comes to the Nats, it is rarely the case that The Post is breaking news or doing any kind of investigative reporting that involves cultivating sources and reporting to us about what the sources say. Witness the comments here recently about the NJ posts regurgitating AP or Ladson's stories.

The Post has largely left the investigative reporting to other media channels. But just because the Nats don't issue a press release, or Kasten/Bowden aren't willing to be quoted on the record, that doesn't mean that there is no "news" to report. It just might involve a little digging to get it.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 18, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"My point I guess is that it's tough to report on news that isn't there."

That's what separates the reporters from the bloggers. Reporters are supposed to find the news and report it, even if it requires a bit of work on their part. Except in the bizarro world of the Washington Post, where for some reason the bloggers get all the scoops while the Post covers the Orioles. I guess that's what they mean when they say "if you don't get it, you don't get it." I don't get it.

Posted by: nunof1 | November 18, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

So have we even made an offer to Tex yet? This is crap.

Posted by: Hondo5 | November 18, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I am reporting there is no news on the Nats.

WP, you can send my paycheck through paypal.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 18, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Good points. I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed by the "no gnews is good gnews" approach so far but perhaps the investigative stories that require cultivation is left to Chico who's had all year to develop those relationships - and as it's been noted here several times he's been on vacation.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | November 18, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Tracee please tell us we'll be able to hear you and Tony's show where ever he lands. You filled the chick chair wonderfully. Pretty please with cherries and stuff like that, please....

Posted by: Berndaddy | November 18, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

If you are putting together some updates, get Stan on the blower and ask him, have the Nats made an offer or not?

Posted by: comish4lif | November 18, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Easy with the pitchforks guys, there's no prize for offering first. Just offering best. He's a Boras client, so this isn't going to be done any time soon.

Posted by: soundbloke | November 18, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Berndaddy, thanks for the kind words. It depends on where Mr. Tony lands. I hope it works out because it's a lot of fun.

Sheinin is, as I write, trying to find out what the Nats are up to.

Posted by: Tracee Hamilton | November 18, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"And the Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has initiated talks. Don't shoot the messenger."

LOL!! Cracked me up. And STILL they gripe....

Thanks for the update.

Posted by: NatsNut | November 18, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It is hard not to explode with invective and name calling directed at those who respond to three rapid fire posts on the Post National Journals Webstie with the usual you didn't bring me any news bullhockey. I'm sorry, but there is an obvious and much appreciated effort being exerted by the Post to provide MLB and Nats news. They are emulating best practices by hundreds of other news organizations -- blogging (delivering news with attribution) on other sources information. That's what reporters do. They supplement this with good original news reporting in the paper (e.g., Sheinin's article re: Teixiera). It's November. America used to have to wait until February for baseball news. Point your lack of coverage cries where they belong: local broadcast media, MASN, and cable carriers. When you continue to complain to the one source that is helping, you cheapen the whole argument. And, if nothing they do pleases, why try.

Invective, @$%&@***!!!

Arghhhh!!!!

Posted by: natbisquit | November 18, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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