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Any hopes that Yankee or Met fans had of Mark Teixeira signing with either New York club this offseason took a major hit when the Angels acquired the switch-hitting first baseman earlier this week.

Despite some very hefty contracts and big names coming off the books for both New York locals, expect the Angels to lock up Teixeira, the big bat they had desperately coveted.

Teixeira, who is a .285 career hitter, has had 4 straight years of 30 homers and 100 RBI, has won 2 gold gloves and is still relatively young at 28 years of age.

While the Angels will have their own critical free agent decisions to make after the 2008 season, such as Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson, John Garland, Francisco Rodriquez, and John Lackey, I still expect them to ante up in what will be a bidding war for Teixeira.  When the Angels included the young and inexpensive 1B Casey Kotchman as part of the trade for Teixeira, they clearly showed that they are willing to pay for the power bat they so desired.

Teixeira, who is represented by Scott Boras, will surely be looking for a deal worth at least $20 million per season, which is well over his ideal market value of around $16 to $18 million. You can be assured that he will use both the Yankees and Mets to drive up the price for his client. The Yankees could have a possible $77.5 million freed up with the expiring contracts of Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, and Andy Pettitte. Pettitte will most likely be the only candidate retained if he does not elect to retire. Thus, the Yankees will have a need and a boat load of money to throw at Teixeira. On the other side of town, the Mets could have a little over $50.5 million with the expiring contacts of Moises Alou, Endy Chavez, Orlando Hernandez, Pedro Martinez, Oliver Perez and Carlos Delgado. While Chavez and Oliver Perez should be re-signed for respectable contracts, the Mets could make a push; however I see them third in this race.

In the end, it will come down to money and where Teixeira is most comfortable. I believe that destination will end up being Los Angeles, where he can still play in a big market for a good organization, make good money, play on a contending team and not have to deal with the pressure of New York.

Like always, the offseason will be interesting and “Tex” will surely consider New York. But when it is all said and done, he will choose the Angels over the Yankees and Mets, in that order.

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