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Reports: Sox in Texas meeting on Teixeira

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  December 18, 2008 06:34 PM

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If the latest reports are correct, the Mark Teixeira saga may be nearing a conclusion.

Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) reported that Red Sox owner John Henry, team president Larry Lucchino, and GM Theo Epstein were in Texas tonight to meet with Mark Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras, in an attempt to finish a deal for the free-agent first baseman.

According to Channel 5's Mike Lynch, who cited unnamed sources, the Red Sox were offering an eight-year, $184 million contract (average annual value -- $23 million) and were hopeful they could wrap up a deal tonight or tomorrow morning.

The Globe's Adam Kilgore confirmed that Boras was in Dallas tonight. We are currently trying to confirm the rest of the information.

Channel 4 (WBZ-TV) later reported the Sox were meeting with the Teixeira camp tonight, though he wrote that the Sox did not expect anything "conclusive" to come out of the meeting. He did not cite a source for that information.

Channel 25 (WFXT-TV) reported tonight that the face-to-face meeting was Boston's idea. An unnamed source told Channel 25's Butch Stearns that the Sox requested the meeting to make sure Teixeira knew for sure how the team felt about him. Stearns wrote "the Red Sox feel like, that in the past, Boras has not always accurately expressed to some of his former clients, how the Sox felt about those players. Or that some of the Sox feelings have been lost in translation. So in this situation, the Sox want to make sure that Teixiera is 100 % clear about how the team feels about him, and again they wanted to do this face to face."

ESPN's Peter Gammons and Buster Olney reported that, according to major league sources, the Red Sox had "taken strides" toward competing a deal for Teixeira to the point where face-to-face talks between the Sox and Boras were possible tonight.

Earlier this evening it was still unclear whether Teixeira, who is believed to have a home in Texas, would attend tonight's reported meeting.

Post last updated at 10:35 p.m.; for more on the Teixeira hunt, check out The Buzz.

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