1. Long Teixeira Discussions Play into Boras' Hands

    A friend of mine in baseball sent me a text message Saturday that said, "What's Teixeira's problem?" As in, "What's taking him so long?" The answer actually is quite simple...

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  2. Teixeira Will Get His Payday, but Is He Really Worth It?

    Mark Teixeira doesn't hit like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols or Manny Ramirez. But any day now, he will sign a free-agent contract that all three of them will envy. Whether Teixeira joins the Red Sox or another club is an open question...

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  3. White Sox Staying True to Youth Movement

    After the White Sox traded Nick Swisher in mid-November, I wrote, "Ken Williams is up to something. ... I don't buy for a second that the 2009 White Sox will go young at three positions — second base, third base and center field...

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  4. Once Mark Teixeira Signs, Others Likely to Get Deals Fast

    Here's an example of how one player—in this case, Mark Teixeira—can hold up the entire free-agent market: The Angels likely will move on free-agent closer Brian Fuentes if they lose Teixeira...

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  5. Sources: Rafael Furcal Picks Dodgers over Braves

    Rafael Furcal has finally made up his mind. He's going back to Hollywood. Furcal, the top free-agent shortstop on the open market this year, has decided to sign with the Dodgers, major-league sources said...

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  6. Signing Mark Teixeira Would Help Yankees Derail Red Sox's Plans

    The Yankees seem disinclined to sign free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira if his price soars to the $180 million to $200 million range...

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  7. Mike Scioscia Could See Manny Ramirez in Angels Uniform

    Rarely is Manny Ramirez called an Angel. But to hear Angels manager Mike Scioscia tell it, the idea is not as far-fetched as many believe...

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  8. Sources: Furcal Spurns A's $40M for Braves' $30M

    The Braves have scored a major offseason upset, luring free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal back to Atlanta. In a stunning turnaround, Furcal spurned the A's for a three-year deal with ...

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  9. Sources: A's Up Offer, Look Like Leaders for Furcal

    From every indication, the A's are the front-runner to sign free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal. The A's have improved their initial four-year offer to Furcal, according to major-league sources...

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  10. Yanks Shedding Salaries to Go After More Players

    Scream all you want about the Yankees' spending. Club officials continue to say that the team's projected payroll will be lower than it was last season...

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  11. Sources: Yanks, Burnett Reach 5-Year, $82.5M Deal

    CC and A.J.? The Yankees are getting both. Free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has reached a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on a five-year, $82...

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  12. Source: Red Sox Getting Closer to Teixeira Deal

    The Red Sox are making progress in their quest to sign free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, according to a major-league source. "Headway was being made earlier today," one source said...

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  13. Source: Sabathia, Yanks Agree to Terms on Big Deal

    LAS VEGAS - The deal is a whopper. Free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia has reached preliminary agreement on terms with the Yankees on a seven-year contract worth approximately $161 million, according to a major-league source...

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  14. Sources: Cardinals Serious About A.J. Burnett

    LAS VEGAS—A new team has emerged as a serious bidder for free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett, according to major-league sources. That team is believed to be the St...

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  15. Hard to Imagine Teixeira in D.C., No Matter the Price

    I can see it now: Mark Teixeira standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, agent Scott Boras at his side, conducting his introductory news conference after signing a 10-year, $200 million free-agent contract with the Washington Nationals...

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  16. Sabathia to Red Sox Isn't Far-Fetched

    Hardly anyone outside the Red Sox organization believes the team is serious about CC Sabathia, and even some inside the organization are skeptical. Those doubts are well-founded: The Red Sox generally refrain from giving pitchers long-term contracts...

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  17. A's out of Running for SS Furcal

    The A's abruptly pulled out of the Rafael Furcal sweepstakes Friday after the free-agent shortstop rejected their four-year contract offer. Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, told FOXSports...

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  18. CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett in No Hurry to Make Decisions

    Everyone relax. CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, the top two free-agent starting pitchers, are in no hurry to sign new contracts. The Yankees are waiting to hear back on their $140 million bid for Sabathia, the most money ever offered a starting pitcher...

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  19. A's Still After Furcal, but May Chase Big Unit Too

    The A's remain the front-runner to sign free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal, but that might not be their last major off-season move. Picture Randy Johnson in the green and gold, winning his 300th game in an Oakland uniform...

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  20. Dodgers Are Worrying About Infield First

    The Dodgers are trying to sort out their infield before they address their starting pitching. The solution remains elusive...

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  21. Market Shaping Up for Adam Dunn

    The market for free-agent outfielder Adam Dunn is starting to take shape. The Braves, Mariners and Nationals are among the teams interested in Dunn, major-league sources say, and his list of suitors could grow quickly...

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  22. Ibanez More Intense Than Most About Training

    Did you hear the one about Raul Ibanez and the hyperbaric chamber? "The first thing people say is, 'Oh, you mean like Michael Jackson?'" Ibanez says, chuckling. "I'm not afraid of that stigma...

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  23. Looming Arbitration May Force Everybody's Hands

    Monday, the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their respective free agents, could offer the first true glimpse of how much the economic crisis is affecting the way clubs do business...

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  24. Scott Boras Holds All The Cards In This Free Agent Market

    Here's my theory: Scott Boras wants Mark Teixeira in Boston. Teixeira, a native of Maryland, would be happy to go back East, happy to accept whatever ridiculous deal the Red Sox gave him...

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  25. Sources: Pettitte Talks with Torre About Dodgers

    Mike Mussina has retired, and the Yankees could lose Andy Pettitte, too. Don't believe it? Pettitte, 36, has spoken more than once with his former manager, Joe Torre, about joining the Dodgers, according to major-league sources...

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