Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sox should be in the mix for Teixeira

From the Globe's Nick Cafardo: "The Sox also should be in the mix for Teixeira, in whom they have long had interest. The early chatter is a contract in the vicinity of 7-10 years at more than $20 million annually might whittle the field, though the Angels, Red Sox, and Yankees won't likely feel their pockets burn no matter what they have to pay. The Sox love Teixeira's glove, his bat from both sides, and his presence. It would be a surprise if they don't make a substantial offer, though it might not come on Day 1." According to a report in the Washington Post, the Nationals may be making a run at Teixeira: "Against all odds and logic, the Nationals envision themselves as serious players in the Teixeira sweepstakes, according to team and league sources, and are believed to be preparing an offer they feel will be competitive with the others Teixeira is likely to receive. In other words, it would almost certainly be north of $100 million, if not $150 million... Agent Scott Boras talked up Teixeira at the GM meetings, the Herald's Sean McAdam reported: "[Teams' interest in Teixeira] is as widespread as it can be," Boras said. "There are probably too many teams involved. We're not going to be negotiating with as many teams as have interest, that's for sure, but I don't want to put a number on it. For a variety of reasons, he's just attracted a lot of interest from a lot of teams. Teams that you wouldn't think were interested were willing to move players, open up positions, to have him be a part of their franchise." According to McAdam, Boras wouldn't comment when asked if the Sox expressed an interest. ...The Globe's Tony Massarotti writes that according to a team source, the Red Sox have had some internal discussion about Teixeira. The 28-year-old Teixeira is a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate who has averaged 35 home runs and 118 RBIs the past five seasons. He is a two-time Gold Glove winner at first base who finished this year with more walks (97) than strikeouts (93), making him a perfect fit for the Sox in every way.

1 comment:

cuz stu said...

Dave, it comes down to the Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles and Nationals. I think the Angels are the clear front-runners here because they just CANNOT afford to lose a bat of this caliber in their lineup, after working for so many years to finally get one. They will also be losing Garrett Anderson this year, so again, they may up the ante on Texeira. The yanks will come in high on every free agent this year, like the old days, but it will be interesting to see how many players buy into their old mystique and how many, like CC Sabathia, will just turn them down flat. The Red Sox have about a 60% chance here, a solid effort by the front office could lock him up.