Mark Teixeira Rumors: Friday

3:48pm: Jon Heyman believes the Red Sox are at their final number, at least $180MM.  Scott Miller explains why you shouldn’t be surprised if the Nationals sign Teixeira.

2:39pm: Buster Olney and Peter Gammons suggest a lower amount was offered by Boston: $165-170MM.  That’s seemingly at least $20MM short of what Boras wants.  He might be happy with eight years, $184MM ($23MM per).

Olney, Gammons, Adam Kilgore, and Nick Cafardo are all on board with the sentiment that the Red Sox remain in the mix for Teixeira.

9:33am: Jon Heyman says the Red Sox remain interested in Teixeira, but are sticking to their eight-year offer of $180MM or so.  Nick Cafardo has a similar take.  Tony Massarotti and Thomas Boswell are good reads as well.

9:05am: George King learned from Brian Cashman that it was not the Yankees who outbid the Red Sox for Teixeira (if they were indeed outbid).  Chico Harlan says the Nationals are in a holding pattern until the Tex situation is resolved.

8:03am: Mike DiGiovanna says Boston’s eight-year offer in the $175MM range was "significantly" better than the Angels’ eight-year proposal.  But DiGiovanna talked to Torii Hunter, who spoke to Teixeira and said the Angels "gave him an offer that blew everyone away."  Also, DiGiovanna finds it doubtful that the Angels would match the two-year, $45MM offer the Dodgers made to Manny Ramirez.

7:50am: Alex Speier of WEEI examines both vague statements, as well as past Red Sox-Boras battles.  Meanwhile, Joel Sherman offers thoughts on the idea of Teixeira signing with the Nationals, drawing parallel to the Rangers’ A-Rod contract.

12:52am: Yesterday evening we received this surprising statement from Red Sox owner John Henry:

"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."

Michael Silverman was able to get this quote from Scott Boras as a semi-response:

"The Boston ownership was kind enough to request and travel to meet with Mark Teixeira. While it was a very positive meeting Mark was candid and advised he is in the process of making a decision and is now attempting to eliminate teams."


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