The Washington Post's website is reporting that the long and drawn out Mark Teixeira negotiations will end with a decision today. The report has everyone on edge and most of us refreshing the major sports websites on a 15 second basis for updates....so much for getting much done this afternoon. The report comes on the heels of news that the Nationals had upped their offer for the free agent first basemen. Does this announcement of a decision mean Teix. has taken the new deal? ...not so fast....
Multiple sources give the edge to Red Sox as Teixeira highlighted that more than anything, he wanted to play for a team committed to winning. Here is an excerpt from the report:
"While the source declined to discuss specifics, there are strong indications that the Red Sox will announce that they have landed the highly-coveted slugger, who has been courted this off season by several major league clubs, including the Angels, Orioles and Nationals. "
"The Red Sox have been considered one of the lead contenders in the Teixeira sweepstakes, but it was unclear whether the team would be able to meet the asking price from agent Scott Boras, who had hoped to land a contract for as much as $200 million over ten years. Last week, Red Sox owner John Henry told reporters that the team was no longer pursuing the player, but the statement was widely seen as a negotiating maneuver."
It appears the Sox, like many of us thought, were never out of contention to land the coveted free agent, only holding their ground against a diggle of an agent.
I have a small case of the shakes and will likely be drinking coffee while waiting for news to break.....a little nervous for the announcement....stay tuned.