The Angels have made keeping star first baseman Mark Teixeira their top free agent target and will make him an offer, and while it isn't known when the offer will be made, competing executives expect it to be a very serious one whenever it is extended. As of Thursday afternoon, it is believed no offer had been made by the Angels.
But one competing executive predicted this eye-popping figure will be extended by Los Angeles of Anaheim: $160 million over eight years. That's just a guess, but it may be a pretty good one. The Angels, though, will attach a deadline in hopes of locking up their top target quickly, and unlike some other teams, they seem to stick to their deadlines.
Teixeira is an East Coast guy (he's from Severna Park, Md.) but is said to have loved his time in Anaheim, where he batted .358 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs after being acquired from Atlanta for Casey Kotchman in late July. The Nationals, Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees, Giants and Mariners are believed to be among the teams interested in Teixeira, whose overall numbers in 2008 were .308, 33 and 121.
Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras, is believed to be using the $153-million, eight-year contract the Detroit Tigers gave Miguel Cabrera last March as a baseline. The Nationals and Orioles -- Teixeira's two hometown teams -- are viewed by competitors as at least two more clubs who may be willing to hit or exceed the target figure.