A Teixeira Story

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From what Kat O’Brien heard from a source, it seems like the Yankees weren’t going to play the Boras Game with Mark Teixeira. Here’s the source’s account:

Even Tuesday, hours before Teixeira agreed to terms, the Yankees were pessimistic about getting the 28-year-old slugger, the source said. Boras told the Yankees they needed a 10-year deal, with the last two years as player options. That got an absolute no from the Yankees, who had offered eight years and $180 million ($22.5 million per year).

Around midday Tuesday, Boras said Teixeira would agree to an eight-year contract, but only if the average annual value was $24 million per year, making the total contract value $192 million. The Yankees conferred, then told Boras no, that they had made a fair yet firm offer and would stand pat, the source said. Boras responded by saying that Teixeira likely would be a Red Sox.

The Yankees refused to budge from their offer, and 20 minutes later, Boras called back and said Teixeira would take their eight-year, $180-million offer.

Also working in the Yanks favor, according to Murray Chass, is that “[Teixeira] and his wife, especially his wife, didn’t want to live in Boston.” Boras says that the issue wouldn’t have disqualified Boston, but that’s easy to say after the fact.

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  • Bruno

    My favorite part:

    The Yankees conferred, then told Boras no, that they had made a fair yet firm offer and would stand pat, the source said. Boras responded by saying that Teixeira likely would be a Red Sox.

    The Yankees refused to budge from their offer, and 20 minutes later, Boras called back and said Teixeira would take their eight-year, $180-million offer.

    • Ryan S.

      If Boston had pulled that off, they’d have been heralded as someone who was able to stand up to Boras and win.

      • mustang

        True that and ESPN would be all over it.
        You can see it now:
        Outside the lines-How the RedSox defeated the evil Boras.

        • Ivan

          Exactly.

          • mustang

            The Yankees get:
            Outside the lines- How the free spending Yankees are destroying baseball.

            I do love the hate.

            • Alan

              It’s because the Yankees aren’t gritty enough. They were just being bullies to the poor, underdog agent Boras who was just trying to look out for the best interests of his meek client. FOR SHAME, YANKEE FANS, FOR SHAME.

    • Ryan S.

      This underlines the point that we really could’ve been beaten out on Teixeira, and we weren’t going to spend an infinite amount of money this offseason. We reached our absolute limit – right around a level that keeps us at or slightly below 2008’s payroll.

  • Should be working

    Boras the power negotiator. Boras- We want 195! NYY- No, 180 Boars-190! NYY- 180 Boras- Deal!

  • RustyJohn

    If you don’t take this offer my client will go to Boston, a team he disdains thanks to their treatment of him 10 years ago, or to the Nationals, a team that sucks beyond belief. Your move, New York!

  • Un-Named Yankee Source

    I just conferred with my boss, …He said no to my raise. I better hire Boras to be my agent, ….ahh nevermind, if he can get me $190 million, I do not need that bum.

  • Un-Named Yankee Source

    Wonder how the Nady negociations will go next year?

    • Should be working

      If we trade Nady and dont win the world series im sure that’ll be one of his selling points. See what happened to the yankees without Nady, no series title.

      • RustyJohn

        Clearly Nady is the key to a potential offensive juggernaut.

        Sort of like Jim Leyritz- the Yankees never won a world championship after him…

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Not true. The Yanks traded Leyritz midway through 2000 and still managed to win the World Series that year.

          • RustyJohn

            But his mere presence on the roster inspired the other players for the second half of the season. “Remember ’96” they said in the clubhouse.

  • Stephen

    I thought Teixeira cared only about money. I mean why else would he choose the Yankees. Whoops, the Nationals offered $5mil more, and he and his wife didn’t want to live in Boston. Isn’t it shocking that players actually WANT to be Yankees for reasons other than money (see: Beltran, Carlos)?

    • CTYankee

      Damn, I still want Beltran

  • TONY

    The yankees held the line and where not the highest bidder (the nats had an offer that was 5mil more) yet we do not see that highlighted anywhere – oh the injustice

  • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com/ VO

    If the nats signed him nobody would be on their rearends, jeez it seems sometimes that there are people who actually dislike the yankees

  • Un-Named Yankee Source

    5 million, a stinking 5 million! We are talking about $625,000 per year, ….TEX and his wife must have decided to start cutting coupons.

  • Ken

    no live chat today?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Nah. Mike’s with the family for Christmas, and Joe and I have been taking care of some other stuff. We’ll do an extra one next week.

  • Un-Named Yankee Source

    Boys, mark my words, ‘WE NEED TO GET ALMEZAGA!’ http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=407792 ….anyone else onboard?

    • Matt

      Why is he so great

      • Un-Named Yankee Source

        just a good all around player, ….infielder/outfielder, ….not selfish. Should come cheap via trade.

        • Matt

          Problem is, we already have 2 of them in Garder, and Cabrera

          • A.D.

            Amezaga can play essentially all the infield positions in a pinch, solid bench guy

  • Un-Named Yankee Source
    • Paulie

      I have noticed that the depth chart can say updated (today) yet have no changes.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc&feature=channel_page Kevin G.

    I don’t know if anybody else noticed this, but look who’s sponsoring Teixeira’s baseball-reference page:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/teixema01.shtml

    • Should be working

      LOL. Looks like someone jumped the gun a little early eh?

      • Stephen

        This is the subheader under the sponsor.
        Arod + Giambi + Damon + Contreras + Igawa + Sheffield + Vazquez + Abreu + Matsui + Pavano + Brown + Johnson + Mussina = 0 Yankee World Series Rings

        But how manyof those players did the Red Sox have no interest in? They wanted A-Rod, Damon, Contreras, Pavano, Abreu, and probs the others (except for Igawa), but were too cheap to get them.

        • Stephen

          And also, a trade or signing is not a failure just because the player wasn’t on a WS team.

  • mustang

    “The Yankees conferred, then told Boras no”

    I can see Cashman putting his cell on mute for a minute then asking his wife what’s for dinner then getting back on the cell and telling Boras no.

    LOL

  • mustang

    “Boras says that the issue wouldn’t have disqualified Boston, but that’s easy to say after the fact.”

    I take it that Boras is not married.

  • A.D.

    Ahh a buyers market, flips the negotiating hand

  • ortforshort

    I’m curious as to what it is about Boston that Teixeira’s wife has such an aversion to. Did anybody say?

    • steve (different one)

      Kevin Youkilis

    • A.D.

      she was pissed the bars close at 2

  • E

    Anyone that ever bashes boras is an idiot. The guy is a great agent

  • TJ

    She didn’t want her husband hanging out with dirtbags.

  • bigscott0026

    The Sox got cheap over a few million. More thn what the Monster seats make. They were so foolish.

    • toad

      No they didn’t. They were smart, I think. They made their best offer and stuck to it, refusing to play Boras’s game. In the long run that will help them, and it might help NY also, as both teams will end up paying less if they don’t let Boras play them off against each other.

  • yanks27in09

    a couple of years ago, Tex said that if he didnt resign with the rangers, his top choices would be New York and Baltimore. Tex, as Beltran did a few years ago(should’ve gotten him. look at our CF since then) actually desired to come here. All contracts equal, hed be in NY