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Show me the money

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 23, 2008 01:08 PM

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As the Mark Teixeira decision looms, here's what the switch-hitting first baseman might be thinking about:

League sources indicate the Washington Nationals and the Red Sox appear to be the finalists pending a last-minute offer from the Yankees -- always a possibility.

The Nationals are offering nine years at $180 million. The Red Sox have not appeared to change their offer of eight years at around $170 million.

You can see the Nationals are willing to give Teixeira an additional $10 million over the length of the deal, but the Red Sox' average annual value is about $1 million per year higher. This could obviously be changing by the minute, but that's where it appears to be at the moment.

Washington is closer to home. Boston is the better team.

We may have a decision by today.

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