It Must Be Today

Mark Teixeira has said he wants to know where he's playing next year by Christmas. Even Scott Boras Jon Heyman says a decision is likely before then. That leaves today and tomorrow as the only possible days.

Tomorrow, of course, is Christmas Eve. Who wants to make life-changing decisions on Christmas Eve? That's a day for snuggling up in front of a fire and pretending it's already Christmas. Heck, some people even open presents then. 

So it must be today, the last day before pre-Christmas. The only question is which GM will find Teixeira under their tree (and replace their home security system soon after) — Epstein, Bowden, Reagins, Cashman or MacPhail?

11 comments… add one

  • Wishful. Thinking.

    Juan YF December 23, 2008, 8:53 am
  • Yeah, I agree, Juan..
    But, it wouldn’t surprise me either. Boras stealing a little thunder from Santa. Seems apropos for the man.

    Brad December 23, 2008, 9:01 am
  • Wait, am I still allowed to type the word “Santa”?
    Not sure, so I’ll just assume that Boras is stealing thunder from the Holiday Spirit.

    Brad December 23, 2008, 9:04 am
  • Something tells me we’ve seen juAn before.
    Regardless, I think we forget that ultimately Boras works for the player, not the other way around. Teixeira has made it clear when he wants to make his decision. It’s Boras’ job to get the best possible deal before then. It certainly seems as if everyone has basically given last-and-best offers, given Boras’ efforts to bring the Yankees back into it.

    Paul SF December 23, 2008, 9:24 am
  • hA.
    I wonder if he’s at the public library or the car repair shop to0day??

    Brad December 23, 2008, 10:02 am
  • The Washington Times is reporting that the Red Sox will announce later today that they have consummated the deal with Teixeira.

    I'mBillMcNeal December 23, 2008, 11:59 am
  • Poor JuAn. He hAs less of A life thAn we do.

    I'mBillMcNeal December 23, 2008, 12:02 pm
  • Here is the post from the Washington Times’ Thom Loverro:
    Teixeira announcement Tuesday
    Thom Loverro (Contact)
    A major league baseball source has told The Washington Times’ Thom Loverro that there will be an announcement today regarding the future of free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.
    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.
    The Orioles and Nationals had hoped to sign him in part because he is a Severna Park, Md. native, and the Nationals were reportedly willing to bid especially hard.
    It is still unclear how much the Red Sox offered Teixeira, but there were reports last night that the Nationals had boosted their bid in a last-ditch effort to sign him.
    MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported last night that Nationals might have upgraded their offer to the first baseman to an eight-year deal worth between $178 and $184 million.
    The Angels earlier this week said they were no longer pursuing him.
    We’ll report more as we hear it.

    I'mBillMcNeal December 23, 2008, 12:04 pm
  • Heh, looks like I was right. ImAgine thAt.

    Paul SF December 23, 2008, 12:38 pm
  • Globoe now reporting that it appears to be between the Gnats and the Red Sox.

    I'mBillMcNeal December 23, 2008, 1:47 pm
  • This just posted by SI’s John Heyman, also known as Scott Boras’ lapdog:
    “The race to sign free-agent slugger Mark Teixeira has evolved into a three-team battle between the Red Sox, Yankees and Nationals — and a decision could be made by Teixeira as soon as this afternoon.
    “The Red Sox have been perceived as the favorites to land the former Angels first baseman, who hit .308 with 33 home runs and 121 RBIs in 2008. The Yankees have made contact as well, and are seriously talking with Teixeira’s people. The two-time Gold Glove winner appears to seriously considering signing with New York.
    “The Nationals, meanwhile, have been heavy bidders all along, but most baseball people believe Washington has an uphill battle against the AL East titans.”

    I'mBillMcNeal December 23, 2008, 2:13 pm

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