Teixeira: What dreams may come
The Mark Teixeira negotiations have reached that point where everybody in the media is trying to look smart and nobody -- not even me -- knows what's really going on.
What's the highest offer on the table right now? I've heard anywhere from $180 million to $200 million for eight years, but nobody has confirmed anything. ESPN's Karl Ravech said yesterday that the range would be $22 million to $28 million per year. Way to narrow the thing down. He also said his source told him Teixeira wants to go to a winner but still has an "enormous attraction to the Orioles." That pretty much covers all the possibilities.
And, trust me, Scott Boras is the man behind the curtain, pushing all the right buttons and pulling all the right strings to make sure the media becomes the message.
This is the period in the negotiations where everything hits the wall and somebody will guess right and look like a genius. So, since I know from those lottery commercials that you can't win if you don't play, here's my official guess:
Teixeira will sign with the Red Sox for eight years and $192 million guaranteed, with a couple of option years at the end worth $30 million each. Remember, this is only a guess, no matter what I tell you if I turn out to be right.