Lately, the overwhelming trend for young stars has been to sign early in their careers, to take the money and stay, so to speak.
That's what makes Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira such a rare breed. Incidentally, rare breeds don't come cheap these days. Neither do cleanup hitters, switch hitters or smooth fielders, and Teixeira is all of those things. He is also on the precipice of free agency, which is exactly where he wanted to be all along.
The mega contract awaits.
Not surprisingly, Heyman gives the Yankees and Mets the best shot at landing him, while giving the Orioles a shot as well due to Teixiera's Bawlmer roots. He also mentions Seattle, noting that "Mariners GM Bill Bavasi has an excellent working relationship with Boras," which is a backhanded compliment if I've ever heard one. Others mentioned: Braves, Red Sox, Giants.
Call me boring, but I have to favor the Yankees here. They simply need him more than the other teams and, last year's bad blood with Boras aside, they'll probably pay whatever he's asking.
Which doesn't mean it will be a bad deal. Teixeira is young for an elite free agent, and should have more productive years left in the tank than your average high-profile signing. The key, as always, will be contract length, which will prove to be the ultimate deal breaker for teams like the Braves who can't abide throwing money down a hole for bad, late-contract years like the Yankees can (Mike Hampton may have sworn them off such deals for good).