I went to bed last night thinking that the cursed rivals of the Yankees will probably sign Mark Teixeira.

So, to wake up at 5:45 this morning and see the news that the Sox are not in the picture anymore gives me mixed messages.

Let’s chronicle this as it happened.

Jon Heyman wrote yesterday at 3:30 pm in his blog:

“I think he’s going to the Red Sox. You think he’s going there. And everyone in baseball thinks that,” says a slightly exaggerating executive with one of the other interested teams.

Yes, I was one of these people. If the Yankees were not in the fold, Tex would go to the Sox.

Then came the bombshell this morning. John Henry sent an email to Boston media, saying “We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor.”

There were signs in recent days that the Red Sox, Angels and Nationals were the three highest bidders. One source said he believed that Boston was in for close to $180 million over eight years and the Angels in for about the same. The Nats may be as high, or even higher than that. Some suggest they have either hit the $200 million mark, or gotten very close. Or that someone else has.

So, who is the team that beat out the Sox? My money is on the Angels, with the Nationals not far behind. If he signs with the Nationals, I’ll become his fan. Seriously. Keep him out of the AL and away from the Sox.