Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have landed Mark Teixeira. 8 years, $170M. It appears that was the highest offer Teixeira got, which made the choice of teams pretty damn easy. The Nationals apparently had the second highest offer (yeahright) and the O’s came in at only $140M. (Nice effort for the hometown boy.) The Red Sox and Angels bowed out of the bidding the last few days.
(Teixeira’s wife Leigh soon to look into Bernie Madoff’s foreclosed digs?)
So what does this mean for Manny Ramirez? In all likelihood, his final resting place will be in the Los Angeles. But you know what, it might not be with the Dodgers.
Some in SoCal will now speculate that Arte Moreno will step up his pace in the run for Ramireez, especially considering signing the slugger would be a direct sling at Frank McCourt’s Dodgers.
More likely, because of Moreno’s disdain for Scott Boras (memba the Jared Weaver draft-sign debacle, among other contentious negotiations?), I think Moreno’ll probably pass on Manny as well. That leaves to the Dodgers as the only team overly interested in Ramirez’s services at the moment.
The Yankees were the one team out there seemingly intent on offering Ramirez an option-less 3-year deal. Now the chance of that happening is zero. The Dodgers might just snag Ramirez for two years and a option after all, which of course means just two years.
But in order to save face, I think we’re in for a long wait from Boras and Ramirez. Wouldn’t surprise me now if the outfielder is teamless going into Spring Training.