The Red Sox were informed Thursday in Texas that their offer to Mark Teixeira -- something in the range of $165 million to $170 million -- was short by upwards of $20 million.
Unlike the Yankees of late, the Red Sox are willing to make unpopular decisions to serve the long-term interests of the franchise.
If these starters don't deliver the goods, it could be a very long year for their clubs.
After all the hoopla surrounding the $51.1 million bid the Red Sox posted to talk to Daisuke Matsuzaka, it appears a contract may not materialize.
Yankee Stadium is a different place than it was in the 1980's, and it's more than just money that's attracting players to the Pinstripes.
The Red Sox bid $42 million for the right to negotiate with prized Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, sources told ESPN's Peter Gammons. Boston's bid far exceeded any other team's offer.
Despite playing for a non-contender in the Indians, Grady Sizemore was perhaps the AL's best player in 2006.