Henry: 'We are not going to be a factor' for Teixeira
Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff December 18, 2008 10:46 PM
Red Sox owner John Henry just e-mailed several media members with a stunning twist in the team's pursuit of free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.
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.