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December 18, 2008 11:20 PM

Red Sox: 'We are not going to be a factor' for Teixeira

With the Red Sox front office brass in Texas tonight to meet with Mark Teixeira, it seemed inevitable that Boston would be adding the slugger to bat behind David Ortiz. Um...not so fast.

Red Sox owner John Henry e-mailed several media members late tonight with a stunning twist in the team's pursuit of free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.

Henry's words: "We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."

Well then.

The Orioles, Nationals, Angels and (gulp) Yankees have all been rumored to be interested in Teixeira.

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