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Red Sox didn't need Teixeira

Updated: December 26, 2008, 10:32 AM ET
By Rob Neyer

The Red Sox are in trouble. Just ask Nick Cafardo …

The Red Sox never needed Mark Teixeira.

That's what I kept hearing from Sox defenders after the Yankees scored a knockout punch in the heavyweight fight with Boston. The Yankees, as we warned all along, swept in and grabbed the prized free agent of the 2008 offseason.

Of course the Red Sox needed Teixeira.

If they didn't, they wouldn't have offered an eight-year deal for $170 million. If they didn't, ...

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