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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Robothal: Angels Out Of Teixeira Bidding

Believe what you want; who knows what's for real these days.

Update: MLB.com reports the Angels have withdrawn their $160M/8-year bid.

Update 2: Tim Brown @ Yahoo:

Sources close to the process said Angels owner Arte Moreno concluded that Teixeira did not intend to play for the Angels and that his team was being used to drive up the price for the other interested clubs.

Also, a source said the Red Sox have not spoken to Boras since Thursday night, when Henry issued his statement.

A source told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that the Angels would not re-enter the bidding for Teixeira, whom they acquired from the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline in July.

As always with anonymous sources, you don't know who that is, but in this case, since it's advantageous for the Angels, news that Boras is in effect negotiating in bad faith, using the Angels as a stalking-horse for the Red Sox, hardly comes as a surprise.

Update 3: Jayson Stark quotes another anonymous Angels organization dude as saying a Manny Ramirez signing would be "a stretch" after the team re-upped Juan Rivera. Huh.

Update 4: Also at the Times.

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