December 19th, 2008
As late as last night, all the media were reporting that the Sox ownership were in Texas, meeting with Mark Teixeira and SATAN to try to hammer out a deal. And the deal at that time was 8 years, between $160-184 million (depending on who you believed), or $20-23 million for those of you playing at home…
And then this morning, fully expecting to see Teixeira’s beaming face holding up a Red Sox Jersey looking out at me from Page 1 of the Boston Globe I see this “We are not going to be a factor”
It’s true–The Sox, who were the front runner, almost a lock to get him, are done, if John Henry is to be believed” We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor.”
And apparently, The Oreos are NOT out of it, and are considering RAISING their offer (the one the table is currently 7 years $140-150 million
I think this has Scott Boras written all…over…it…I think he pushed for the 10 year, $200 million contract he wanted, and the Sox said “No, we’ll pass…”
Is its a ploy by the Sox? Are they calling Satan’s bluff? Is it ReallyREALLY over? Hard to say….but it will be interesting to see how this all plays out…
If this IS over, I am relieved. He would have been nice to have, but I would rather a healthy Mike Lowell any day of the week. And let him go play for the Angels. Despite the fact that he did pretty well with them–didn’t help them beat the Sox in the ALDS, now did he?
Why could it not be like the Kevin Youkilis negotiations?1st of all, he is not represented by the DEVIL and it seems like he actually cares about something other than money: “I leave it up to (Agent) Joe (Bick) with all that stuff. Both sides come up with offers and try to broker it all out, do all that stuff. They’re working on that, and for me, I’m up here in a Boston Red Sox uniform unless I get traded. For me, I don’t worry about it…”It has to be the right fit for myself, and it’s got to be the right fit for the Red Sox, too. It works both ways. You try to come up with a mutual understanding where both sides are happy. You definitely don’t ask for 10 years or anything crazy like that.”
And for those of you who are feeling a little nostalgic–or still actually think Manny was driven out of town by the Red Sox, Comcast Sports Net will be airing a Manny special called, appropriately enough “Manny Being Manny” will premier Christmas Night at 8:00pm EST, and be rebroadcast throughout the holidays.
The 30 minute retrospective will include: extensive interviews from Dan Shaughnessy, Sean McAdam, Steve Buckley, Gerry Callahan and Rob Bradford as well as footage from CSN’s coverage of the team…”
If you’re interested (and/or you don’t get Comcast, You can get more info here
Speaking of nostalgic, I was kinda hoping the Sox would look at returning Trot Nixon as their 4th outfielder, but that will not happen now, as he signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee, with an invitation to Spring Training…
I just saw the commercial on DirectTV for the MLB Network (link) Looking WAY cool. I am excited to see how it goes–hopefully it will not have that “Skankee Slant” that so many baseball shows have. It is launching on January 1st as the largest network debut in cable history, in over 50 million homes, and will air on Comcast, Cox, Direct TV, Time Warner, Charter, Cablevision and Verizon FiOS, And guess who is a reporter for the new network? None other than NESN old friend Hazel Mae. I am also glad to see Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds will be on tap–I always liked their analyses elsewhere…
Coming up: The last weekend before he holiday–and I need to wrap about 40,000 presents!