Just got a late email from my bud Ian from Sox and Dawgs. Again, take this for what it is worth...
This all seems to be getting more bizarre by the day.
From Boston.com: Red Sox owner John Henry e-mailed several media members late tonight with a stunning twist in the team's pursuit of free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.Wow. I guess Boston had a line in terms of a contract they will not willing cross, and they seem to be sticking to it.
Henry's words: "We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."
Earlier tonight, multiple news outlets reported the Red Sox had traveled to Texas to meet with Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras, in the hopes of trying to finalize a deal. WCVB-TV Channel 5 reported that the Red Sox had offered Teixeira an eight-year deal worth $184 million (an average of $23 million per season).
Five teams have been in the hunt for Teixeira to some extent -- the Sox, Angels, Yankees, Orioles, and Nationals -- and all indications had been pointing to the Red Sox as the frontrunners.
Earlier this week, Henry had expressed concern about granting a player a contract of eight years or more.
No one seems to know what's going on right now, and it seems from hour to hour, the story changes and takes on a new twist.
For Oriole fans, there's now a glimmer of hope that Teixeira is still out there. It goes without saying, I am dumbfounded by news tongiht and I don't know what to think now...
Of course, this all can change by morning.