And Then There Were…

3?: Washington, Boston, Baltimore
4?: Washington, Boston, Baltimore, New York
5?: Washington, Boston, Baltimore, New York, The Angels (this report is just a bluff)
6?: Washington, Boston, Baltimore, New York, The Angels, Mystery Team

The newest development in the "Teixeira Affair", day 5,693:

Tim Mead, the Angels' vice president of communications, confirmed a report that the team has withdrawn its offer to Mark
Teixeira and is no longer pursuing the free-agent first baseman.

12 comments… add one
  • There are two.
    Sox and Yanks.

    SF December 21, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Which is why this site is so important. It always boils down to “the 2”.

    Nick-YF December 21, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • The angels could easily still be in this. This comment could be no different than Henry’s last week…

    sam-YF December 21, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Of course they could, Sam. But there’s a substantial difference between the statment of Henry (ambiguous in meaning) to the Angels “we are no longer negotiating and our offer is withdrawn”.
    Nothing precludes the Angels from re-entering negotiations or re-offering, for sure. But the statements are certainly not the same.

    SF December 21, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • Agreed but they have been doing it for the same effect just using a different phrasing…

    sam-YF December 21, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • The only way I can make any sense of this is that either:
    (A) Boras really *does* have a monster offer from someone — though I can’t imagine from whom now, with the Angels out, unless the Yankees put some crazy money on the table, in which case Boras should grab it fast; or
    (B) Henry totally nailed Boras bluffing.
    The second explanation sounds a lot more likely to me. But who knows?

    Hudson December 21, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • I personally think there are three: Boston, Washington and Baltimore.
    Olney today says the Yanks had an offer long ago, withdrew it and wouldn’t sign Teixeira now even if he were offered to them for a steep discount, like Beltran was.
    The only person to find any kind of merit in reports that the Yankees are in it is Jon Heyman, who is known as the man Boras goes to when he wants info leaked..
    Not that I’m not still wary of a last-second Yankee all-in move. I just don’t think they’ve done that yet.
    So maybe there really are four?

    Paul SF December 21, 2008, 10:10 pm
  • For a long time, I really didnt think the Yankees were at all interested in Tex but Im starting to think they could actually play a roll here in these talks before it is out. They have had basically nothing to gain by being actively involved from the get-go. However, if the price is right (whatever that means) I can see them getting in here to either to add the needed bat or at least drive the price up on the sox. I am finding this posturing by both Boras and the teams involved amusing. Eventually, there will be a bidding war if multiple teams are very interested no matter how much its stretched out. Ive certainly fatigued on the whole story at this point…

    sam-YF December 21, 2008, 10:37 pm
    this would clear the path for the sox for tex if true

    sam-YF December 22, 2008, 12:26 am
  • If we pretend this is true (and I’m pretty skeptical), you have a series of events that would seem to indicate teams collectively are growing tired of the Boras act:
    1. The Red Sox publicly announce they will not negotiate further.
    2. The Yankees publicly deny they are in the bidding.
    3. The Angels publicly withdraw from the bidding.
    4. The Yankees sign the “B” option first.
    All of these could be (or could have been) bluffs or lies or simply posturing. But if we take them at face value, you have the three teams with the deepest pockets going after the top position-player free agent, and all publicly taking steps that would seem counterintuitive to the logic that even if you aren’t serious about the player, you do all you can to run up the price for the team that does get him.
    There’s likely another explanation here, or several competing agendas that happened to coalesce in a coincidentally intriguing manner, but it’s an interesting thought: If you were tired of the way Boras does business — the mystery teams, the phantom offers, etc. — the best way to stick it to him would be to basically do what the Red Sox, Angels and Yankees have all been reported as doing. Again, assuming the linked report is accurate.

    Paul SF December 22, 2008, 12:59 am
  • Then again as the guys over at River Ave just wrote. Manny is a Boras client too and it would be out of character to have an almost done deal without lots of noise etc being made….

    sam-YF December 22, 2008, 1:24 am
  • Yeah, that’s a good point. I keep forgetting Manny’s now a Boras client. Which is odd, since that’s likely the reason Manny isn’t still with the Red Sox now…

    Paul SF December 22, 2008, 2:47 am

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