Angels Pull Out Of Teixeira Sweepstakes

Lawrence BarrecaAnalyst IDecember 21, 2008

Yes, you heard it.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have officially pulled out of the Mark Teixeira derby.

The Angels were believed to be offering an eight-year deal, worth somewhere between $160 million and $165 million.  The reasons for the team bailing out are currently unknown.

So what does this mean?

It's now down to only four teams:Red Sox, Orioles, Nationals, and Yankees.

The Red Sox had met with Boras and Teixeira earlier this week; however, no deal was reached and it was believed that they were done.  Apparently that is not the case.  ESPN had reported that Boston remains in the running, though they may not up their previous offers.

The Yankees have been reported as trying to sign outfielder Manny Ramirez to a three-year deal.  I can't see the Bronx Bombers getting both Manny and Tex.

This leaves the Nats and O's in a "Battle of the Beltway." Who wins?  I don't have a clue.

What I do know is this:  the decision should come in the next few days and it's either going to depend on the money or the team that he rooted for as a kid. 

The Nationals are going to be the team to offer the most; however, I can see Tex wanting to go to Baltimore.  Some people are even speculating that he is just waiting until right before Christmas so that he can surprise his family with a homecoming of epic proportions.

But, as always, we writers don't know very much on what is actually going on behind closed doors. 

We can only continue to speculate.