John Henry says the Sox are out of the running on Mark Teixeira.
Red Sox owner John Henry e-mailed several media members late tonight with a stunning twist in the team's pursuit of free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Henry's words: "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."
Boras offered his impression of the meeting in an email to Yahoo! reporter Tim Brown: “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.”
The Red Sox are in Texas meeting tonight with Mark Teixeira and Scott Boras, and the details of their offer have finally leaked — $22 million a year for eight years (which, ahem, is exactly what a certain blogger predicted in a previous thread).
The meeting will not result in a “take it or leave it” scenario by the Red Sox, a source said. However, Henry said earlier this week that the Red Sox will not satisfy Boras’ request for a 10-year deal, and it appears highly unlikely that Boston will go beyond eight years.
The parties are meeting at an undisclosed location in Texas, the Red Sox having requested the face-to-face meeting with the player so he can hear directly from them why they believe he should spend the next eight years in Boston.