Mark Teixeira was offered an 8-year, $160 million deal by the Washington Nationals, according to sources, although there have been no confirmed reports about the future destination of the slugging first baseman even after the conclusion of the winter meetings.
The Anaheim Angels, who got Teixeira in last season in exchange for Casey Kotchman and Steve Marek, kept him in the dark in terms of how high their price would be for the player who helped the team tremendously in offense and defense during the second half of the season.
The Red Sox and Orioles are also said to be hunting for his signature with the Yankees being the latest team said to be in line for Teixeira. However, the Yankees have no urgency in getting Teixeira home, as don’t the Red Sox although one thing is for sure, the New Yorkers won’t like to see Teixeira go to Boston over the winter.
Angels’ general manager Tony Reagins repeated, on exiting from the winter meetings, exactly what he has said before when Teixeira filed to become a free agent.
“Mark is our No. 1 priority,” Reagins said. “We are keeping the lines of communication open [with agent Scott Boras] and hope to get it done.
“The process is going as we expected. We knew it wasn’t going to be quick. We knew Scott was going to be thorough. “They have a real good idea what our organization is all about.” Although Reagins didn’t divulge the terms of the deal they have in store for Teixeira, it is said to be on the lines of $160 million over 7 years. Teixeira has had only good memories of his time with the Angels. He bolstered the Angels’ offense with a .358 hitting average and a .499 on-base percentage. His slugging percentage was at .632.
“Mark gave every impression that he really enjoyed playing with us,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s a great player, one we obviously want back.” The Orioles, on the other hand, are counting on the hope that Teixeira wants to return home to Baltimore and change the way the club plays. The Nationals are also offering a somewhat similar challenge to Teixeira.
“We made a very concrete offer and Teixeira is our No. 1 priority,” Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said. “I tried to be up front and honest. We are trying to build this club through development and scouting, through young players, through trades for young players. We also said if it was a free agent who was young and in his 20s, [we would want him] to be part of the long-term solution.”
While Teixeira was looking to find a new home before Christmas, Boras is looking to bide his time, in his own methodical ways. He is said to be in communication with Teixeira daily, over the phone.
“We have been going through a number of things,” Boras said. “Again, I can’t say something is imminent. You try to get the deal done as quickly as you can. A lot of these things are about economical and contractual elements and stipulations. “Mark certainly understands the complexity of the situation, because he is dealing with a variety of clubs to evaluate. We’ll see.” Boras rates Teixeira extremely highly, in the same league as Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez, as a player who “pays for himself”