Last night the Red Sox met with Mark Texiera, their was a lot of bridge-jumping going on with Yankees fans. However, then hours later we heard this from John Henry:
"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."
After that we got a response from Scott Boras who probably does not like this.
"The Boston ownership was kind enough to request and travel to meet with Mark Teixeira. While it was a very positive meeting Mark was candid and advised he is in the process of making a decision and is now attempting to eliminate teams."
First of all, this does not mean Boston is out of the bidding. It just means that they are holding with their offer of 175-180 million dollars over 8 years (about 23 million a year). It just means that Boras told them that another team had made a bigger offer and they`re refusing to go any higher.
The Orioles have seemingly faded from the chase and now we know that the Yanks were not the ones to sweep in with a huge offer. This leaves the Angels and Nationals. It doesn't seem like the Angels would do something rash like that and give him a ridiculous contract, no matter how good of a fit he is for them.
On the other hand Jim Bowden, the Nationals GM, is definitely capable of something like this. It makes no sense but if somebody did in fact outbid Boston and it wasn't the Yankees, then the Nationals are the most likley destination for him. I would love to see him head to the NL East where he can't hurt the Yanks and take away a competitor for Adam Dunn.
What's more likely though, is that Henry and Boras are both bluffing. In truth, nobody has probably topped Boston's offer and he will end up in Boston in the end.