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According to numerous sources, the Red Sox are now out of the bidding for free agent slugger Mark Teixeira.
As late as Thursday afternoon, it appeared the Red Sox were finalizing a deal for Teixeira, but overnight things drastically changed. Owner John Henry emailed the Associated Press saying the Sox “are not going to be a factor” in signing him.
“We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him,” Henry told the Associated Press. “After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor.”
ESPN’s Peter Gammons thinks that the Red Sox may be calling the bluff of Tex’s agent, Scott Boras. Boras is known for inflating his player’s value in order to get teams to raise their offer. Out of the four remaining teams in the bidding (Orioles, Nationals, Angels, and Red Sox), Boston or Los Angeles seem like the most logical places for Big Tex.
Henry and the Sox tried to call Boras’ bluff in 2005 when Johnny Damon left as a free agent. They didn’t believe the Yankees were in the lead to sign Damon, and they were wrong. Let’s hope they’re not wrong again…