Let’s go back to the 2008 off-season. The Yankees were putting on a full-court press for Mr. Sabathia. The Yankees foolish strong desire to obtain Mr. Burnett was also very well documented. However, not many Yankee fans envisioned Mark Teixeira doning pinstripes.

Teixeira and the Red Sox were apparently very, very close to a deal that would put the switch hitter at the forefront of Red Sox Nation. However, the Yankees, who have made a habit out of this, swooped in last minute, and wrestled Teixeira away from their bitter rivals.

Even after trading for Adrian Gonzalez on Saturday, the Red Sox are still feeling and will continue to feel the effects of losing out on Teix…..

Since losing out on Teixeira and trading away Manny Ramirez, the Red Sox desperately needed to add some punch to the middle of their lineup. Boston’s signed slugging third baseman, Adrian Beltre, who hit 28 HRs while hitting at a .321 clip last season. Beltre, who is once again a free agent, figures to sign elsewhere after the acquisition of Gonzalez and the inevitable move to third base by Kevin Youkilis.

However, Beltre was the only acquisition to come cheaply. During the 2009 trade deadline, the Red Sox acquired catcher Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians, but had to surrender young righties, Justin Masterson and Bryan Price and lefty, Nick Hagadone. During the second half of the 2010 season, the 23-year-old Masterson pitched extremely well for the Indians, posting a 3-5 record and a 3.84 ERA. Both Price and Hagadone are in the minor leagues, but given the Indians abilities to craft young arms (CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee come to mind), the sky’s the limit. Martinez left the Red Sox via free agency this off-season, but trace this move back to Teixeira’s deal to New York. If he had signed with the Red Sox, they would still have all three of these promising young arms.

More recently, the Red Sox had to surrender their 1st, 3rd, and 6th best prospects to obtain Adrian Gonzalez. Casey Kelly, the Red Sox top prospect and first round pick in 2008, was the cornerstone in this deal. The 20-year-old Kelly went 3-5 with a 5.31 ERA in Double A Portland last season. Kelly’s fastball sits 92-94 and the young righty is still learning how to pitch. In addition to Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, known for his plus-bat and plus-glove will likely start the year in Triple A. Both of these players are considered by Baseball America to be Top 50 prospects. Outfielder, Reymond Fuentes is the third part of this deal, but he’s really nothing to write home about. Known for his speed and athleticism, Fuentes is extremely raw and figures to be a few year away from having a true impact.

In addition to surrendering top young talent, the Red Sox will need to sign Adrian Gonzalez to a contract extension. He is set to earn $6.4 million this season, but is seeking a Ryan Howard-type contract (5-Years, $125 million). Last season, Gonzalez, 28, hit 31 HRs and drove in 101 runs while hitting at a .298 clip. The slugging lefty finished fourth in MVP voting and has two gold gloves to his name. Since 2007, Gonzalez has hit at least 30 home runs while calling the spacious Petco Park home. Imagine the impact he could have in the hitter friendly confides of Fenway Park. Bottom line, Gonzalez is one of the best first basemen in the game and will add some desperately needed power to the middle of the Red Sox lineup.

It took two years, but the Red Sox finally got their cornerstone. However, they paid a heavy, heavy price along the way.

In addition to the $100+ million they will need to pay Adrian Gonzalez, Boston had to trade away six top young players.

This all happened because Mr. Teixeira preferred Manhattan chowda over the New England white stuff.