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Teixeira splits with Boras

New York Yankees Mark Teixeira takes batting practice

New York Yankees Mark Teixeira takes batting practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. (Feb. 23, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Mark Teixeira has worked with Scott Boras for 12 years.

He decided that was enough.

Teixeira announced Wednesday morning he was ending his relationship with Boras, who negotiated his eight-year, $180-million contract in 2008.

"There’s no reason to get into a lot of specifics right now but sometimes business relationships just run their course," Teixeira said. "For me and my family right now this is the best decision for me."

Teixeira said since his rookie year people talked about what his free agent contract might look like, something he said was a distraction to himself and his teammates.

"When I hired Scott at 18, it was to help me with my career and like I said, from the time I was a rookie people started talking about my free agent contract and OK, that’s the world I live in," Teixeira said. "Unfortunately it took away from a lot of the things I did on the field and I felt at times I was Mark Teixeira, Scott Boras client instead of Mark Teixeira, baseball player. We had a great relationship and he gave me everything I asked for contract-wise. I’m 100 percent happy in New York. But at the same time the next six years of my career aren’t going to be about a contract."

Teixeira said nothing "is on the horizon" insofar as hiring a new agent.

"On the field I’m completely focused on helping this team win and off the field it’s helping kids out and raising money for Harlem RBI, doing those kinds of things," Teixeira said. "Right now the next contract isn’t really on my mind."

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