Merry Teix-mas!

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.

 

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Pros:

  1. They have Teixeira for 8 years and he is a consistent, power hitter
  2. Teixeira is a gold-glove 1st baseman, which is a serious up grade over Jason Giambi.
  3. Teixeira is relatively young, 29, and has alot of skills left on his plate
  4. Mark is adjusted to both the American and National leagues
  5. Most Yankee fans will be happy about this acquistion and come to see more games 

 

Cons:

  1. They signed Teixeira for eight whole years, and if he doesn’t put up his part is anyone thinking of the next Kevin Brown?
  2. He will be 37 at the end of his contract which is pretty old for a baseball player
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

The Manoman 

Posted on December 23, 2008, in Dailies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey, Manoman, firstly – Happy Holidays and have an awesome vacation! And yes we can say that the Yankees are trying to buy the World Series! But it won’t matter – I have faith that my Red Sox will be the ones celebrating in October! I was a member of Red Sox nation who didn’t want us to sign Tex for some of the reasons that you listed – first baseman in the majors are not as old as Tex will be when his contract is up and it does prevent younger players from moving up within the organization. I hope it works out, but I have my reservations.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. Manoman,
    A very good upgrade indeed from Giambi, a good fit for the yanks, I’m glad he didn’t go to the Sox for a few reasons. And with your last “con” statement, it really doesn’t matter who people it, they’re just names, and there are 162 games to be played out. It ain’t over til it’s over right? Happy Holidays!
    -Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  3. You are totally right. Have Happy Holidays and an amazing new year.

    The Manoman

  4. mbonnes3@aol.com

    I was hoping and praying that the Yankees would sign Tex. He’s a great fit for them, and he brings a big bat to the lineup. The Yanks didn’t have to move any body at that position to make room for him. A great player, right at the right time. Thanks Yanks for the awesome Christmas present. By the way great blog, I’ve subscribed to it.
    Marshall

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