ESPN's Buster Olney has a good read on the Mark Teixeira negotiations. In it, he maintains the Red Sox will still eventually sign him. He also has some Yankees news in there, specifically their role in the negotiations.
The Yankees made an initial offer that was believed to be markedly less than what the other offers have been, and since then they have withdrawn that offer. They are pushing to cut their payroll in 2009, and they cannot sign Teixeira and accomplish that unless they could dump the contract of Hideki Matsui and others, in a market flush with corner outfielders. Their focus continues to be on starting pitching, and at some point they could re-engage a free agent who could come cheaply.Focus still on starting pitching? They just spent $243.5 million on starting pitching! It's time to upgrade the offense, whether it's Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn, etc.
If Andy Pettitte's return is "virtually inevitable," how much more do they need to focus on starting pitching? Think offense, folks.