In response to the Angels' seemingly abrupt decision to drop out of the Mark Teixeira derby, agent Scott Boras issued a statement re-affirming that Teixeira's interest in the Angels and suggesting that the 28-year-old slugger hasn't quite closed the door on the Angels.
"Mark Teixeira enjoyed his time with the Angels and was an integral part of their success last season," Boras wrote in his statement. "His interest in returning to the club has been sincere, real and continues to be one of his earnest priorities throughout this off-season."
Boras' remark that his interest "continues'' suggests that Teixeira hasn't given up on the Angels. However, the Angels, in announcing that they were withdrawing their offer Sunday afternoon, stressed that they were also bowing out of the race for Teixeira. Their stance differed from the Red Sox, which cryptically suggested they weren't "going to be a factor,'' but appears to have remain interested in signing the star free agent.
Boras' statement in response to the Angels' announcement may have been triggered by a suggestion in an Internet report on Yahoo! that suggested Angels' owner Arte Moreno was dropping out over concerns he was being used and that Moreno was beginning to feel Teixeira didn't have a sincere interest in remaining an Angel.
Boras also wrote in his statement, "Clubs are very aware -- in particular the Angels -- participation in the free-agent process does not signal lack of interest in signing with the club. Case in point, the Angels signed two great free agent players who engaged in the mechanism, receiving and exchanging offers with multiple clubs, while negotiating with the Angels. Therefore, we are assuming that reasons other than Teixeira's interest in returning to the Angels were the driving factor."
The Angels are believed to have made an eight-year offer for in excess of $160 million. The Red Sox, Yankees, Nationals and Orioles are believed to be clubs remaining in the Teixeira sweepstakes.