Is John Henry Bluffing...Or Not?
Big news broke during the overnight hours in the form of an email from Red Sox owner and wallet holder John Henry. Here's the entire article from the Boston Globe's THE BUZZ, and then I'll be back with a few syllables. Henry sent the email after he, LL and Theo went to Texas for a face to face with Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras(s)...
"Red Sox owner John Henry issued a stunning proclamation late last night regarding the team's pursuit of free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, all but ruling out Boston's chance to land the prize hitter of baseball's offseason.
"We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him," Henry said in an e-mail time-stamped 10:45 p.m. "After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."
The statement came as shocking news given how close the Sox and Teixeira appeared to be to a deal. On Tuesday, a general manager in the hunt for Teixeira declared the Red Sox the favorite. Channel 5's Mike Lynch reported yesterday that Sox general manager Theo Epstein, along with Henry and Larry Lucchino, had flown to Dallas to meet with Scott Boras, Teixeira's agent. Boras was in Dallas last night, staying in a hotel by the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Teixeira has a home in Texas. The report indicated the Red Sox were closing in on landing Teixeira with a contract worth $184 million over eight years, which would have been the richest contract signed by a Red Sox player."
OK, it's Peter. I'm a little stunned but I'm still wondering if this is just a ploy by the Boston owner or by Boras(s) himself. Henry might be throwing the other teams off the scent, but here's what bothers me the most. I know and understand that Mr. Henry does not want to exceed an eight year deal...look what happened with Sir Manny the bum. But I don't know who "outbid" us. If it's the Angels, I understand...they're winners. But if it's the Nationals or the Orioles, well, they shouldn't even be in the running. Teixeira said repeatedly that he wants to go to a WINNER. Those two teams are ANYTHING but. So this is by no means over, not until Henry or Epstein gets in front of the cameras to explain to all of us why Teixeira went elsewhere. And if he DOES end up in DC or Baltimore, he doesn't want to play for a winner at all...the guy simply wasn't telling the truth. If we lose out on Teixeira for a few million dollars, that would also be a shame. The guy will be an All Star throughout the terms of his deal and Boston's lineup would be superhuman-like yet again. The waiting game is on.
I'll link the entire Boston Globe Sox homepage...all you have to do is click on the title. Have a wonderful weekend and as always, BE WELL. L'chaim, skol, cheers. GO SOX...do the right thing and land this player.