Teixeira speculation: Fasten your seat belts
The Mark Teixeira rumor mill is ramping up, as evidenced by the report this morning by ESPN's Karl Ravech that Tex might be leaning back toward his hometown team. Everybody around here hopes that is true, of course, but I'm not going to take you on another emotional roller coaster ride like last week.
The same dynamic remains at work. Teixeira reportedly wants to make a decision by Christmas, so you're going to see speculation increase by the day until he does, but remember one thing: Until he signs, any of the four or five teams believed to be involved can step in and up the ante.
I would never impugn ESPN's credibility. The World Wide Leader does a great job and I'm a big fan, but I found it interesting that Ravech's report was promoted prominently on the ESPN.com baseball page, but I couldn't find a word written by any of ESPN's great reporters (Buster Olney, Peter Gammons, Jayson Stark, Keith Law) backing the headline.
Though I still think the odds of Teixeira coming home are long, it's important to remember that he and agent Scott Boras are the only ones who really know how he has ordered his priorities. If playing here is the most important thing, the O's are probably close enough to get something done. If it's more about winning and money, forget it. If it's only about money, then Mark's supposed Christmas deadline doesn't really mean a thing, but I'll be on high alert Thursday and Friday nonetheless.
Keep your fingers crossed.