The eighth day before Christmas dawns clear and cold down in my part of the world, where the Interwebs tell me the Red Sox will not go longer than eight years to get Mark Teixeira under their tree … unless they do:
Asked yesterday if the club would categorically rule out offering any free agent a guaranteed deal longer than any other in franchise history, principal owner John Henry, while making clear his remarks were not aimed at a specific player, made his intentions clear.
“Yes,” Henry responded in an e-mail. “The Red Sox effectively had a 10-year deal with a player determined not to live up to his contract. A lot can change over 10 years, for both sides.”
Henry allowed “there are exceptions to every rule. That keeps most good businessmen from the world of politics, because you have to be able to change your mind as facts come in.”