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Owner John Henry says the Red Sox lost the Mark Teixeira Derby

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Adios, Tex.

The Red Sox, thought to be the leaders in the horse race for Mark Teixeira, apparently will not sign the free agent at any cost.

Or, at least the cost Scott Boras wants.

After hearing in a Dallas meeting with Boras about offers other teams apparently have made for Teixeira, Red Sox owner John Henry says in an e-mail: "It seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."

In other words, neigh!

Yahoo! Sports' Gordon Edes has the story, which adds that the Angels, Orioles and Nationals also made offers to Teixeira, who is 28 and regarded as the top dog on the free-agent market.

Update: Scott Boras has e-mail, too! He wrote Y! Sports' Tim Brown, who then forwarded the message (along with a hilarious quiz about "getting to know your friends at Christmas") to Gordon.

Oh, and below, Boras says this about Teixeira:

"The Boston ownership was kind enough to request and travel to meet with Mark Teixeira. While it was a very positive meeting, Mark was candid and advised he is in the process of making a decision and is now attempting to eliminate teams."

The Red Sox put up a $160-plus million offer over eight seasons but, an unnamed Boston executive says, Boras' wishes for a $200-million, 10-year deal is "ridiculous."

Oh, sure. A $160-million deal that averages $20 million a season is reasonable, but add a couple more years at the same rate and we cross the line of fiscal sanity?

The Red Sox don't have a backup plan, in terms of major free agents, if Teixeira goes elsewhere. So Boston would just have to compete with David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia and so forth.

Meanwhile below, here's what the Nationals opening-day lineup would look like with Teixeira (plus another free agent*) in it:

2B — Orlando Hudson*

SS — Cristian Guzman

3B — Ryan Zimmerman

1B — Mark Teixeira

CF — Elijah Dukes

RF — Josh Willingham

LF — Lastings Milledge

C — Jesus Flores

P — John Lannan

Hmm. It makes me want to watch the Nationals.

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