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Sox Closing In On Teixeira?

Reports out of Boston right now indicate that the Red Sox are trying to put all the Teixeira negotiations to rest, perhaps wrapping up a deal by tonight or Friday morning.

According to WCVB-TV in Boston, the Red Sox top management -- including owner John Henry and General Manager Theo Epstein -- has traveled to Texas to meet with Boras in an attempt to work out a deal. According to the television station, the Red Sox were ready to offer an eight-year, $184-million contract.

By Chico Harlan  |  December 18, 2008; 7:40 PM ET
 
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How will Mr. Boras return the favor to Mr. Lerner?

Posted by: joemktg1 | December 18, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Tex to sign with the Red Sox so the Nationals can get on with their business this winter. It's not that I don't like the guy - he's great - he's just not what the Nationals need right now.

We need Adam Dunn.

We need someone else, be it Orlando Hudson or Ben Sheets (I know, no way) or anyone who can 1) make the team a little better and 2) send a tingle up the collective leg of the Nats' Nation (hat tip to Chris Mathews).

Posted by: rushfari | December 18, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

It's all bleating!! Gammons be damned

Posted by: Brue | December 18, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

>How will Mr. Boras return the favor to Mr. Lerner?

You know the Ol Ballgame told Boras to get back to him with the BoSox offer. At least he better.

Posted by: Brue | December 18, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

The dreaded double re-post (I'm special, I ride on the short bus).
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Make a 9/195 final - seems like Teixeira is driving for Boras to make the deal before x-mas. AND...
From the Nationals' perspective, they either need to get this deal on the books, or move on quickly.

Posted by: BinM | December 18, 2008 8:07 PM
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rushfari: Your first line was dead-on. The rest, a little off the mark (the Nats' don't need Dunn, he's just the next-best FA option).

Posted by: BinM | December 18, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

How will Mr. Boras return the favor to Mr. Lerner?

Posted by: joemktg1 | December 18, 2008 8:05 PM
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Joe: The favour was that they're on a 1st-name basis in future dealings.

Posted by: BinM | December 18, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Joe: The favour was that they're on a 1st-name basis in future dealings.

Posted by: BinM | December 18, 2008 8:30 PM
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That's great!! Just what we need!!

Perhaps this means bypassing Jimbo for those future dealings

Posted by: joemktg1 | December 18, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Now is when we'll learn the real intentions of the Lerner family, what are they going to do with the $20+million/yr they were prepared to spend on Tex, hopefully they take that and add some pitching (Fuentes, Sheets or others), if they do little else from here on out this franchise is doomed, hopefully Madoff didn't take too much of Ted's $.

Posted by: jptnj | December 18, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I understand the need to improve the team. However, Tex is a young guy with a tremendous glove who is potent at the plate, even when he doesn't hit a home run, and who would encourage others to sign here.

Dunn, while a masher, is a minus defender, especially at 1st, which is where the Nats need help. He hits bombs, but when he's not hitting it out of the park, not so good.

Orlando Hudson is an upgrade over the current 2nd baseman in terms of major league service. However, Anderson Hernandez is tearing up pitching down south right now. I know it isn't the Majors, but a glimmer nonetheless.

In terms of Sheets...no thanks. Unless you can sign him for a couple years for a couple million a year. When he's healthy, he's great. Problem is, he isn't healthy enough.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | December 18, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I actually think that dumping this money would be a mistake. A few small deals is a better idea. I think that Dunn adds a lot, and maybe a smart pitcher to be a mentor but, the Teix money can now get ploughed back into the farm system and central American scouting. Save this money for draft signings.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 18, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

How can Boras repay Mr. Lerner? Easy! Let him sign his young ward Stephen Strasburg quickly. Note I didn't say cheaply, just quickly.

Posted by: Section314 | December 18, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Ahmen 314!

Posted by: soundbloke | December 18, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Latest reports are indicating that the deal is 'far from done'. Shocker. Without question, the Red Sox have the lead position, but the Braves had Furcal in the bag so as Yogi said, "its not over till its over." And if the fat lady isn't singing, you should give her a call.

Posted by: natbisquit | December 18, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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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.
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this is from MLB Trade Rumors.

Boston's offer is believed to be 8/184. it's also been said that we've offered more than Boston has.

so if Tex chooses Boston, I can't be mad at the Lerners effort here, unless they don't turn around and sign some other folks.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 18, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

MLB TR reports that WBZ-TV says that the Sox are not close to getting a deal done. 8:38 PM Thursday.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | December 18, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that was 8:38 PM CENTRAL. That'd be 9:38 PM DC/Boston time.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | December 18, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

From the "Glass-Half-Full" Department:

Maybe the reason the Red Sox are flying to Texas is to pull their offer out of the fire...

(stop laughing)

Posted by: wigi | December 18, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Adam Dunn Strikes out alot...........

Posted by: BigCarter28 | December 18, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Adam Dunn hits a lot of homeruns, knocks in a lot of runs, and has a great OBP. My only reason for not being head over heals in favor of Dunn is the length of his at bats. I suspect he has more 7+ pitch at bats than any other player in the majors. Great for forcing the other team's pitcher to work, but likely to drive up my beer consumption.

Posted by: natbisquit | December 18, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Adam Dunn Strikes out alot...........

Posted by: BigCarter28 | December 18, 2008 10:42 PM

So does the Nats' brain trust....

About Tex -- he's gonna have that 3 or 4 yr. opt-out clause, right? I guess we'll be revisiting this in a few years, after the Nats have made some progress with The Plan.

Posted by: fischy | December 18, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Holy cr@p! Could this mean we pulled into the lead??????

From MLB Trade Rumors

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.

Posted by: natbisquit | December 18, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

This Tex drama has more rumors about it than a 9th grade boys locker room...

Posted by: TimDz | December 18, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

WBZ-TV website headline is "Teixeira Not Coming To Boston"

Includes the same quote natbisquit posted above. Says that he's still negotiating with the Angels, Orioles, and Nationals.

When the story was first posted they referred to the Orioles as the Toronto Orioles.

Posted by: packyderm2 | December 18, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Red Sox aren't going to be a factor, that means the Yankees aren't either.

Which leaves it to the Angels, the O's, and the Nats.

Honestly, I'm not sure why the O's have incentive to spend that money assuming McPhail is for real about rebuilding his team the right way. They need pitching a lot more than first basemen.

So we've got the Angels and the Nats, I think, and my thoughts seem to be as good as any of the pros.

Posted by: Section506 | December 18, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, Amalie Benjamin is hot.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2008/12/henry_we_are_no.html

Posted by: Section506 | December 18, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

what this means is that the Nats and O's have big time offers on the table that are above and beyond what the Red Sox were willing to go.

no matter how this turns out, the Lerners have done exactly what they should have. I don't think they can be blamed for this if he chooses to go back home to BMore.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 18, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mark,

SIGN A FREAKIN' CONTRACT ALREADY.

Once you do, you will have more money than God, you will be the face of whichever franchise signs you...for all we know, you will cure cancer and the common cold with all your new found riches.

Just get it over with already...

Posted by: TimDz | December 18, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Yankees 8yrs - $210 million is the rumor

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 18, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

According to MLBTradeRumors dot com

The Nationals have been told by Boras that they'd have to pay extra.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 18, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

According to MLBTradeRumors dot com

The Nationals have been told by Boras that they'd have to pay extra.

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of course they do. this is something everyone has known from the get-go.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 18, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Good point Mr. Madison...

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 18, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

RE: "The Nationals offer will have to outdistance the others..."

But on the other hand, he's worth more to the Nats than to any of the other teams... including the Orioles.

With all the money the Fed is printing these days, a dollar is worth less and less every day. It may be that in 5 years, $22 million doesn't look that bad.

Lets hope he doesn't ask to be paid in Euros.

Posted by: wigi | December 18, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

ESPN bottom ticker says Red Sox outbid by someone else!

Posted by: Juan-John | December 18, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

from what I'm reading elsewhere, we upped to 8/200.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 18, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

MLBtraderumors.com reports that Sox are out of the bidding; Henry emailed Boston reporters and told them so. Chico-- where are you??? MLBtraderumors.com also reports that Angels have contacted Adam Dunn's agent and others and are assuming Tex is gone.

Does that mean.....???

Posted by: raymitten | December 19, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Looks like this is the week we find out if the Lerners want to win. If they are serious about winning, they get Teixeira. If they are not serious about winning, they don't get Teixeira.

It's as simple as that.

Posted by: ThinkingOne | December 19, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

>MLBtraderumors.com reports that Sox are out of the bidding; Henry emailed Boston reporters and told them so. Chico-- where are you???

He's sourcing. Plus he's got to find out what the Nats did on their end.

Wee hoo I look just like Buddy Hol-ly
Oh ho and you're Mary Tyler Moore

I don't care what they say about us anyway
I don't care about that

Posted by: Brue | December 19, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

i've said for the last few weeks, the longer it goes, the better the nats odds become. the angels management is not one to dwell on deals and players, they make their offer and move on. the sox have a great team and do not neeeeeeed this. the orioles cannot be the high bidder or the yankees would be bidding because they play 18 times a year and need 14 wins to pass boston and tampa. that leads me to the conclusion that its mystery team, or the nats

Posted by: formerlylove | December 19, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

So not signing Tex means the Nationals don't want to win? Really? I don't own a baseball team, but I would imagine a winning team, regardless of the players, would be in the best interest of the owner.

I guess Texas didnt want to win when they signed ARod to 10 yr/$252 mil deal, because in the three years ARod was a Ranger, they sure didn't win. Or approach .500. Or come in 3rd (or better) in the AL West.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | December 19, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

LDO, I have started taking such statements and grouping them in what I am calling "the Football Analysis." I like football, but analysis of the game is lightyears behind baseball. It always is about "toughness" or "who wants it more" or "faith in their gameplan." Never about relative strengths of offensive lines.

Posted by: Section506 | December 19, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

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