The Yankees are hanging around on the periphery of the Mark Teixeira talks, so far balking at Texas' demands for either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees waited and waited last year for the Phillies to drop their asking price for Bobby Abreu, and they did. The difference now is that several other teams (Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Orioles) are interested in Teixeira, whereas there was little market last year for Abreu, and Texas isn't dealing him solely for financial relief. Like the Yankees, the Red Sox are hanging on the fringes of the Teixeira sweepstakes, monitoring to see if the price drops into a range that makes them feel comfortable. Like almost all contenders, Boston is looking for bullpen and bench help, but they'd happily add Teixeira's bat to the lineup if they could do so without giving up too many of their top prospects.