LAS VEGAS – Officials from other teams are scoffing at the notion that the Washington Nationals, committed to making a splash in free agency this offseason, are legitimate suitors for first baseman Mark Teixeira.
While the Nationals have indicated they are willing to spend money – Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras, told Foxsports.com that "they intend to be aggressive on many fronts" – the idea of Teixeira joining a 102-loss team is unlikely.
Already the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels have prioritized signing Teixeira, who could command a contract in excess of eight years and $160 million. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with Teixeira and Boras, and the Baltimore Orioles courted him as well.
So, one official with a team involved in the bidding said, unless Washington blows Teixeira away with a contract offer approaching the $200 million Boras had hoped to fetch, landing Teixeira is a longshot for the woeful Nats.
"If he signs with the Nationals, that's fine," the official said. "That shows us we wouldn't want him anyway."