Via Jerry Crasnick
The Los Angeles Angels withdrew their eight-year offer for free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira on Sunday.
Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead confirmed an earlier ESPN report later Sunday night. The Angels’ departure from the Teixeira sweepstakes leaves the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles as the four teams still in the mix for the premier position player in this winter’s free-agent market.
Angels general manager Tony Reagins revealed before the winter meetings that the team had offered Teixeira an eight-year deal. The size of the team’s offer was undetermined.
Now, this is getting interesting. The O’s have, reportedly, made a low-ball offer to Teixeira hoping to get a home-cooking discount. The Red Sox, reportedly, pulled out of the chase for him the other day. I recently saw a report where someone on the Nats admitted that they really have no shot at him. And, reportedly, the Yankees have never made him an offer. So, if the Angels are out, who’s in? Maybe the Red Sox will get back into it? Maybe the Yankees will make him an offer now?