Sounds like Peter Gammons is not having much fun this winter. Between agents controlling the flow of information to his Sox getting hoodwinked by Boras and the Yanks, Gammons is clearly a bitter, angry New Englander.
From Chad Finn's blog on Boston.com, he caught up with Gammons and got his thoughts on the events of this Hot Stove Season. It ain't pretty. Here are some of the abridged highlights:
On why Teixeira chose the Yankees over the Red Sox when the conventional wisdom was that he would sign with Boston:
Gammons: [...] Not because his father was a [high school] teammate of Bucky Dent, but he made it very clear watching it yesterday [and wading] through the baloney . . . Teixeira is Scott Boras's ultimate client, and he's very well-programmed . . . The Red Sox didn't know it, and in the end there was nothing they could do about it. He wanted to go to the Yankees, his wife doesn't like Boston -- apparently she doesn't like the stores on Newbury Street or something -- and in the end that's the way it goes.
On whether -- or when -- John Henry realized Teixeira was ticketed for New York:
Gammons: They didn't know it. They were waiting on the day that he signed . . . they thought that they were going to get him. They tried to close the deal on Monday night [Dec. 21], and Scott [Boras] said, 'Well, the Teixeiras are flying, and they haven't quite done this, and they haven't quite done that," and he kept putting it off an all along it was to just finish the language with the Yankees. That's the way it goes. [...] As you probably remember, there was a lot of testiness between Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira when they played in Texas together . . . and I don't think Alex really cares about communicating with other players, we know [that] from Derek Jeter. Also, we haven't really seen Teixeira in a situation where the expectations are really that high, and he's going to have to deal with them in New York. It will be very interesting to see how it goes with the Yankees.
On whether there was a number that would have convinced Teixeira to come to the Sox:
Gammons: Maybe $220 million . . . This is one of the worst winters I can ever remember. What happened this winter is that, as the internethas expanded to become the media power, the flow of information is quickly controlled by agents. A lot of general managers and those of us in the business kid about a couple of sites referred to as ScottBoras.com [...] But Scott floats this stuff out, and he's able to get people to report it.
On whether there is a strain on the relationship between Boras and the Red Sox:
Gammons: Well, it's good that Scott didn't call back at 5 o'clock that afternoon [when Teixeira chose the Yankees] and try to sign up another player [...] In was unnecessary for Scott to try to lay some of the blame on Larry Lucchino, as if, you know, Teixeira didn't like him.
**PS: How incredibly awesome is that picture? Gammons, Boras, Cashman and Epstein. Talk about MLB's power brokers!