Angels general manager Tony Reagins said today that his team has no issue with Mark Teixeira's left knee, and also insisted that the Angels haven't ruled out trying to re-sign their free-agent first baseman.
"Mark Teixeira is a priority," said Reagins, a day after both CBSSports.com and the Los Angeles Times reported that the Angels have shifted their focus from Teixeira to CC Sabathia.
A source with knowledge of the Angels plans told CBSSports.com on Tuesday that one reason for the shift was long-term concern over Teixeira's knee. Teixeira had minor surgery to clean out the knee in November 2007, and it did not give him any trouble in 2008.
"With respect to Mark Teixeira, we have zero concern about his medical status," Reagins said. "It's never been raised as an issue."
Scott Boras, who represents Teixeira, said this morning that he had specifically asked the Angels whether they had any concerns, and that he was told there were none.
Reagins wouldn't discuss Sabathia, saying only: "We have interest in looking to improve our pitching staff."