I've been in Southern California for a couple of days and have had a chance to schmooze up some of my old friends in and around the Angels organization. The sense I'm getting is that Angels owner Arte Moreno will be in the hunt to sign free agent Mark Teixeira, but only to a point.
Moreno paid just $180 million to buy his team from Disney five years ago, so it's hard to imagine him agreeing to spend a similar amount to sign one player. Of course, nobody knows what Teixeira will get, but the numbers that have been floating around point to a contract worth at least $150 million.
If the Angels aren't willing to go the distance, there still will be plenty of interested teams to drive the price through the roof. The Orioles probably will be among them, but there has been little indication Peter Angelos would be willing spend up to $20 million per year for a single player...even one who grew up almost in the shadow of Camden Yards.