Big League Stew would like to extend congratulations to both parties. We now return you to your regularly scheduled holiday festivities.
Wait a minute ... Teixeira to the Yankees?
The same Yankees who were linked to Teixeira during the hot stove season about as often as Miami and snow?
The same Yankees that some of us thought would strike out during their pursuit of each free agents?
Yup, those Yankees.
Since we all spent this morning assuming he was heading to Fenway to join the Red Sox, I think we can deem this an absolute stunner. The first contract numbers being floated are a mind-boggling eight years for $180 million and Teixeira won't even have to play for the Orioles or Nationals to cash that paycheck.
I'm sure many of you out there are already busy typing in your anti-Yankee comments, but the second suitor and soap opera nature of this story should provide for a season's worth of entertainment along the Boston-New York corridor.
Let the respective griping and gloating commence.