Mark Teixeira's obvious path to becoming a Washington National came closer to reality on Sunday, when the Angels announced that they were withdrawing their offer to keep him around.
From the LA Times:
And starting at first base for your 2009 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ... Kendry Morales? Get used to it, Angels fans. Mark Teixeira is not coming back.
The Angels withdrew their eight-year offer — believed to be for $160 million — to Teixeira on Sunday afternoon, and team spokesman Tim Mead said the Angels will no longer pursue the free-agent first baseman. When pressed on whether this was a negotiating ploy, whether the Angels were playing hardball with agent Scott Boras, Mead, the team's vice president of communications, said, "We're out."
On Friday, the Red Sox had said they were out of the Teixeira market. Boston had offered an eight-year deal for about $170 million. According to the Times, the Nationals offered eight years and $160 million, and the Orioles seven years and about $150 million. And the Yankees? No offers, so far. One thing seems clear: No one's going to find Teixeira in their stocking before Christmas.
Angels Withdraw Offer To Slugger Mark Teixeira [Los Angeles Times]