2009 Offseason: Progress with Tek, Teixeira slipping away?
December 11, 2008 5 Comments
The Red Sox tendered an official offer to Jason Varitek yesterday, according to agent Scott Boras, but Nick Cafardo is now disputing that. Boston’s offer is purportedly for two years and an unknown dollar amount. It’s beginning to look like Varitek will re-sign in Boston after all.
Teixeira offers getting crazy
All the papers are saying that the Red Sox are finalists in the Mark Teixeira derby, but if the rumors are true that Washington and Baltimore are offering 9- and 10-year deals at $20M per season, I don’t see the Red Sox matching that. As great a player as Big Tex is, he’s not the best first baseman in the Major Leagues (Albert Pujols is an even better defender and will be eligible for free agency in a couple of years). And it’s hard to imagine that he’ll still be worth that much at age 38. Then there is the issue of the opt out clause that Scott Boras is likely pursuing for his client; Epstein has not given one to any player yet, and doesn’t plan to anytime soon.
Front-line starter signing unlikely
With the Yankees tendering a 5-year, $91M offer to A.J. Burnett, Epstein and company are moving on to second-tier starters. They are one of the six teams being considered by long-time Atlanta Brave John Smoltz.
Lugo for Byrnes?
Another team is interested in Julio Lugo. The Diamondbacks, in need of a second baseman, might be willing to send Eric Byrnes to Boston if we include enough cash in the deal. If this rumor is true, I do it yesterday. I remember questioning the contract extension Byrnes got from the Dbacks one year ago; they should have just let him go. Byrnes would make an excellent 4th outfielder, if he would accept that role.