This promises to be a fascinating baseball offseason, with huge dollars being committed to huge names. The free-agency battle that seems to be exciting industry folks the most is not that for the stud starting pitcher CC Sabathia, nor for the wonder that is Manny Ramirez.He does remind us that just because they will be bidding, it doesn't mean that either team will acquire him:
It's the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes - not a shocker, when you consider he could wind up with the most money this winter. More than anything, it speaks to both the clubs that figure to be in his competition for his services and the person running the auction.
"That's going to be phenomenal," said an official from a club that will not be signing Teixeira. "The Angels, Red Sox and Yankees fighting for him, with Scott Boras as the ringleader."
What will ultimately decide this is the level of restraint exhibited by the Yankees and Red Sox. The Angels want Teixeira back, after they employed him for a two-month trial run. They've made that clear. Owner Arte Moreno isn't afraid to spend.
Don't forget, however, that the Yankees and Red Sox defined last winter with their respective discipline (some might describe it in less flattering terms). Neither club wanted to pay up the prospects and dollars necessary to land Johan Santana from the Twins, steering the lefty toward the Mets.Davidoff also doesn't see the Yankees (or the Sox) meeting the current asking price:
It would be a shocker if the Yankees paid Teixeira the 10 years and $200 million that Boras will request. Since the Yankees are finally saying goodbye to Jason Giambi after seven roller-coaster seasons, do they really want to weigh themselves down with another monster contract at a non-premium position?I don't think anyone will come close to 10 years/$200 M either.
General manager Brian Cashman could approach Teixeira the way he approached Johnny Damon three years ago: Stick to a reasonable number of years and hope the market drops. But Teixeira's market is less likely to fall out that way.