The Nationals have publicly played down their interest in signing free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, but multiple baseball officials have said in the last two days that the Nationals are willing to offer Teixeira "scary money."
While it's unclear exactly how high Washington will go in pursuit of Teixeira, one official said today that agent Scott Boras has told the Nationals they would need to offer $200 million over 10 years to have any chance of signing him. Teixeira grew up in nearby Maryland, but his reluctance to sign with the Nationals would be understandable. The Nationals were 59-102 in 2008, and in four years since moving to the Nation's Capital, they have yet to post a winning record.
The Nationals haven't totally been focused on Teixeira. At the general managers' meetings earlier this month in California, they were also asking about big-name, big-money hitters who might be available in a trade.