Source: Teixeira deal would take $195M
Red Sox executives flew to Texas on Thursday believing they were close enough in negotiations to complete a deal with Mark Teixeira. But after they arrived, they were informed that their offer to Teixeira -- something in the range of $165 million to $170 million -- was short by upwards of $25 million.With that, the Red Sox stepped away from the negotiating table.
Executives involved in the Teixeira negotiations, however, noted that Red Sox owner John Henry, based on the statement he issued to The Associated Press late Thursday night, did not unequivocally end talks about the first baseman. And executives from other interested teams fully expect the Red Sox to re-engage Scott Boras, the agent for Teixeira."It's a poker game," said a high-ranking official for one of the teams involved in the talks. "Unless Teixeira is ready to make a deal now, he'll be talking to Boston again." Red Sox officials have maintained privately all fall that while they would love to have Teixeira, they are very comfortable going into 2009 with the team that they have, with Mike Lowell at third base, Kevin Youkilis at first base and David Ortiz as the designated hitter, backing strong pitching.
Unless Teixeira is ready to make a deal now, he'll be talking to Boston again.
-- High-ranking official of one team involved in Teixeira contract talks
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