A.J. Burnett is now a Yankee after accepting a five-year deal. Location was the difference as he wanted to play in New York instead of Atlanta.
The Angels announced last night that they made Mark Teixeira an eight-year offer. No further details were announced, but it seems safe to say it was for at least $160 million. If that’s where the Angels started, they’re likely willing to go to nine years and $180 million.
The Nationals have made a similar offer, the Orioles have gone seven years. It’s unclear whether Boston has made an offer. The point is that there is now an active market for Teixeira, meaning the Yankees would have to invest heavily were they to chase him. Which is why they probably will not given what they have already spent.
Teixeira is a true acolyte of Scott Boras and will go where the money is. Bet on the Angels getting this done. If they are to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL, they have almost no choice.
I’m on a flight back to New York this afternoon and will be out of touch for much of the day. It’s the shame that Blog Headquarters isn’t always in Las Vegas. Thanks for reading all this week and I’ll check back in when I get a chance.