Wow. That was out of the blue. The Yankees just signed former Angels All-Star 1st baseman Mark Teixeira to a reported 8 year 180 million dollar deal December 23, 2008. This has been an amazing off-season for the Yankees, from Sabathia, to Burnett, and now Teixeira. It looks like the $27 million luxury tax placed on the Yankees didn’t really affect their plans this off-season as they have, arguably, the top 3 free agents available. The Mark Teixeira acquistion though has both its pros and cons.
- They have Teixeira for 8 years and he is a consistent, power hitter
- Teixeira is a gold-glove 1st baseman, which is a serious up grade over Jason Giambi.
- Teixeira is relatively young, 29, and has alot of skills left on his plate
- Mark is adjusted to both the American and National leagues
- Most Yankee fans will be happy about this acquistion and come to see more games
- They signed Teixeira for eight whole years, and if he doesn’t put up his part is anyone thinking of the next Kevin Brown?
- He will be 37 at the end of his contract which is pretty old for a baseball player
- He will be blocking the up-rising of Yankee first basemen for eight years which could prevent a top prospect from coming out onto the bigs.
- He will cause a log jam with the outfield since Swisher is going to be an outfielder and the Yankees now have six outfielders, Nick Swisher, Xavier Nady, Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Gardner.
- This will envoke more Yankee haters into saying “Money can’t buy a World Series!”
This is my response to that last con. The Yankees waited patiently and gave all the other teams their chance to get Teix. The Yankees bid about as much as the Nationals did and it was Mark Teixeira’s preference to sign with the Yankees. You can’t say that money completely bought Teixeira over to the Yankees in this situation if you think about it.
I probably won’t be able to post from 12/24 to12/31 because it is the holidays and I am going on vacation.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!