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11/19/08 8:58 PM EST

Teixeira interested in playing for Nats

Maryland native intrigued by idea of returning home

WASHINGTON -- It has been reported several times that the Nationals have interest in signing free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira. MLB.com has learned that the feeling is mutual, according to a person familiar with Teixeira's thinking.

Teixeira is from Maryland and is thinking about the possibility of playing in Washington. He played baseball, basketball and soccer at Mt. St. Joseph's High School in Baltimore. He set Maryland state records for career homers (29), RBIs (105) and runs (128).

"[Maryland] is his home," said the source. "In some instances, I think players often tend to look at that in a different light than other franchises."

The source didn't go into details about Teixeira's contract demands, but said the switch-hitting first baseman is looking for a contract that is better than Miguel Cabrera's deal. The Tigers first baseman signed an eight-year, $153.3 million contract during Spring Training last season. The source pointed out that Teixeira is a complete player and is in better shape than Cabrera.

Several calls were placed to Teixeira's agent, Scott Boras, but were not returned, and general manager Jim Bowden and team president Stan Kasten have declined to comment on the Nationals' offseason plans.

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MLB.com was the first to report on Nov. 2 that the Nationals were interested in Teixeira, who hit a combined .303 with 33 home runs and 121 RBIs for the Braves and Angels last season.

The Nationals are looking for a first baseman because of Nick Johnson's history with injuries and Dmitri Young's troubles with diabetes and staying in shape.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.