Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Angels Make An Offer For Teixeira

Well, it looks like the Los Angeles Angels have now made their numbers to Teixeira public.

I think the Angels may need him more than anyone, just for the fact that they can the win division again in the American League West.

From the L.A. Times: The Angels have offered an eight-year contract to Mark Teixeira, general manager Tony Reagins said Friday night.

The contract would be the longest and richest in club history. The value could almost double the previous club record, the $90 million guaranteed last year to Torii Hunter.

Reagins declined to provide the value of Teixeira's offer. The Angels are believed to have offered at least $160 million, matching or exceeding the highest offer so far reported for Teixeira.

Owner Arte Moreno flew from his Arizona home to Las Vegas on Tuesday and met personally with Scott Boras, the agent for Teixeira. Angels spokesman Tim Mead said he believed Moreno presented the offer to Boras at that time. Mead also said he did not know when the offer might expire.
It looks like Anaheim's deal is commensurate with what Washington and Baltimore have offered -- if not slightly more.

I just think if Teixeira really wanted to come to Baltimore, he would have opened up some dialogue. Right now, I'd say, since he's probably got umpteen offers -- I'd say all within few million of each other -- he can take his time and pick whatever.

Well, I am sure he wants to come "home"; however, that notion is really bunk to me. He's playing the system -- that's fine, I guess -- but he's holding these teams hostage for the most greenbacks possible.

He's waited for this moment to be a free agent, and he's taking advantage of it.

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