With the Yankees having signed IF-OF Nick Swisher, it looks like they are out of the running for Mark Teixeira — at least for now (however, I think they are still players in the whole sweepstakes.)
Aside from obviously Baltimore and Washington, the only other team that I have heard give any interest to the slugger are Boston and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Today, Buster Olney in his blog on ESPN.com & Sean McAdam of the Boston Herald ponder if the Red Sox are really serious in their pursuit of Teixeira, and I have to think they kind of are — in a sense. While they could use his bat in the middle of the lineup — I don’t think they *need* him unlike both the Orioles, Nationals and Angels do, considering they have Kevin Youkilis (a great player in his own right) at first, and of course Mike Lowell at third.
One of them would have to be moved; thus, more than likely it would definitely have to be Lowell.
While for a bit, I think the Red Sox were posturing in order to drive the price up for the Yankees and avoid having him in the AL East, Boston acquiring him would make sense. First, they would have a Gold Glove caliber first baseman; second, he would provide ample protection for David Ortiz; finally, the slugger’s numbers would benefit even more from playing 81 games in Fenway, especially for the fact he could take adavantage of the cozy dimensions in right field.
We shall see what happens, and of course at this point, I expect the unexpected with this whole saga. Then again, much like what happened with Torii Hunter, some mystery team could come and grab him; however, right now it is looking as if Baltimore has a good chance as anyone in getting Teixeira.