Getting an early start on the final day of the Winter Meetings with this tidbit from Ken Rosenthal:
The Red Sox are making progress in their quest to sign free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, according to a major-league source.
"Headway was being made earlier today," one source said.
A rival general manager whose plans could be affected by the Red Sox's addition of Teixeira also indicated that a deal was getting closer. …
Teixeira is seeking a 10-year contract for at least $20 million per season. The Red Sox preference would be to sign him to a deal between six and eight years.
With the Yankees fulfilling their No. 1 offseason objective, the Red Sox really have no choice but to counter. Sure, they could easily win 100 games with the team they have — it's not like they were so far off with subpar seasons from Josh Beckett and David Ortiz — but resting on your laurels (or on your suddenly old-looking lineup) is no way to stay dominant, particularly when your chief rivals are willing to break the bank to get significantly better. Something tells me we may see an eight-year, $200 million deal from the Red Sox, and I'd be perfectly fine with that.