Mark Teixeira sat down with his wife on Dec. 12 to have dinner … And finally, she said, `I want you to be a Yankee.' So that's when it was done. And once we got the contract figured out, it was a no-brainer." …
The timing of his decision might be news to the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, who also sought to sign Teixeira. He met with Red Sox officials on Dec. 18.
"When everyone's kind of around the same contract, there was no rush for me to make a decision," he said. …
On Dec. 22, Cashman called Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras, and the following day made a $160 million, eight-year proposal. Cashman thought until 11 a.m. on Dec. 23 that Boston was the favorite, then told co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner after hearing Boras' questions that the Yankees were the "lead dog." By 1:30 p.m., he had a deal.
Boras said the Red Sox had no cause to complain.
"I think Boston knows that they got good-faith proposals and they were given proposals, which means if accepted, the player would have signed the proposal," he said. "If teams reject them, they cannot in any way suggest that they were strung along."
Unless, of course, Boras invites the Red Sox to Texas under the pretense of making a deal, then gives them an offer he knows they won't accept six days after Teixeira has already made his decision.
Boy, that new Yankee sure gets more and more likable every day, doesn't he?