Teixeira talk

The Red Sox will face not only a steep price tag, but also surprisingly stiff competition if they want to become the fortunate team that signs Los Angeles Angels free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.

“I can tell you the interest for Mark is widespread,” said Scott Boras, Teixeira’s agent. “He has certainly a lot of options. We’re doing our best just to narrow this down as much as possible. We have way too many teams to sort through at the moment.”

The field of teams interested in Teixeria, 28, could include some surprising names along with usual cast of the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels, and other big-market teams. The Washington Post reported last week that the moribund Nationals, the team with the worst record in the majors, may competitively bid for Teixeria.

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The last-place Baltimore Orioles also have “genuine interest” in bringing Teixeria to Baltimore, according to a major league source.

For more on Teixeira, check the Red Sox notebook in Friday’s Globe.

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