What if Mark Teixeira takes the money from Washington, or stays out in LA? It's universally thought that the Sawx are really in need of an impact bat. Here's the thing: The team could literally add a 4th outfielder, replace Alex Cora, and go into 2009 exactly as constituted and barring injuries probably win 90 or more games.
But.. Is that enough? I know the Yankees are doing their typical Yankee thing. They signed Sabathia, they signed Burnett, before it is all said and done perhaps they sign ManRam, Sheets, Lowe? It's easy to hate the Yankees, and it's easy to say it's an old dog up to it's same tricks and that the team will never gel, but.. They are better, they are more talented.
Tampa is not a one and done squad. They're the same team, a year older, brimming with confidence, AND they will have a full season of David Price on the hill every 5th day.
All that said - Here is the big question: If Mark Teixeira takes the money and doesn't come to Boston.. Are the Red Sox a 3rd place team?
Is it the Tex counter punch, or nothing? I mean, I can't see a different alternative. The Teixeira signing will signify the moving on of Mike Lowell, but - There is no other impact bat that is a free agent that is good enough to cause Boston to make such drastic alteration for the sake of accommodating his arrival.
So I beg this question... What if? What if Tex signs elsewhere?