Red Sox say they’re OUT of Tex sweepstakes

December 19, 2008 | Drew Forrester

And with one e-mail to the Associated Press, the Red Sox have given hope to fans in Baltimore, Washington and Los Angeles.

Boston owner John Henry sent an e-mail to numerous media outlets on Thursday night stating the Red Sox were not going to be able to sign Teixeira based on the other offers being made to the free agent first baseman.

You can read the details here, but keep in mind – as I’ve said throughout this charade – that none of the participants tell the truth. 

Are the Red Sox REALLY out of the running or are they just trying to squeeze Scott Boras and Teixeira?

Do Boras and Teixeira REALLY have an 8-year, $160 million dollar offer from the Angels? 

They better.

Or else, it could be back to dialing “202” and “410” and asking the Nats and O’s – no doubt their last resort – to re-join TexGate’08 and make new and improved offers.

Some of what “supposedly” transpired on Thursday night supports a claim from an industry insider who told me on Tuesday that the current offer on the table from the Washington Nationals is the best one “by a lot”. 

Maybe the Red Sox looked at those numbers from D.C. and said, “you can have the kid…” – Or maybe they think Boras is just bluffing with a mega-offer from a last place franchise.

It’s hilarious now to see all of these professional fibbers in action, working one another into a frenzy, with no one having any idea what’s the truth and what’s not.

And maybe it’s just me, but does it seem a bit odd that the Red Sox owner would send e-mails to media outlets alerting them to this kind of breaking, potentially deal-ending news?

After all, when’s the last time O’s owner Peter Angelos assisted the media with a story?

Then again, maybe John Henry is just a nice guy.

Yeah, that’s it.