I was struck by Tex's quote on the braves.com site.
"It's very bittersweet," Teixeira said. "I loved it here, I really did. I wanted to stay here the rest of my career, but business is business, and sometimes you have to move on, and I'm looking forward to moving on to L.A."
Ever since he got to Atlanta, he's played his cards very close to vest. He didn't want to give anyone an idea of where he wanted to go or what he wanted to do once he hit free agency. I would have to assume that this was based on his agent's advice. So, instead of being open with the Braves in the off season and getting down to business with an extension, he decided to play coy and wait.
Now he's lost his chance to stay in Atlanta for the rest of his career. He can call it bittersweet, but he brought it on himself.