My first reaction (when EDS emailed me the news): “no effin way!!”
But, it’s true: Mark Teixeira signed with the….YANKEES!!
More fodder for the “sure, when you buy all the most expensive players, it’s easy” haters, and that does temper my enthusiasm, but Teixeira is a guy the Yankees really needed. This fills a HUGE whole.
Like Bill Simmons would say, imitating Mike Francesa, “this is hayooj for da Yanks. they absolutely needed to sign Tayshera.”
Cashman says the whole time he’s staying out of it. Never publicly negotiating. Waiting out the market. Maybe 8 years, $180 million isn’t a bargain, but they didn’t get into a bidding war. They let the Angels and Red Sox each get frustrated with Boras and Tex taking their time, and either drop out, or have their owner say something stupid. Then he swooped in, made the offer Teixiera was looking for, and got his man.
Some things I like about Teixeira: An OBP of .410 last year, with 33 HRs. Switch hitter. Above-average defense at 1B. 28 years old. Career OPS+ of 134, with 150 and 151 the last two years. 3.86 pitches per plate appearance in his career.
Thanks to EDS for the heads up. No word yet from Jersey. His head might have exploded. (Teixeira was his offseason priority #1, and he may have given up after CC and AJ. Not worry, Jersey, we got Tex, too!)
Quick look at the Yankees lineup:
(Name, position, bats, avg/obp/slg*, age) *-career
1. Damon, LF, L, .289/.354/.435, 35
2. Jeter, SS, R, .316/.387/.458, 34
3. Teixeira, 1B, S, .290/.378/.541, 28
4. A-Rod, 3B, R, .306/.389/.578, 33
5. Matsui, DH, L, .295/.371/.478, 34 (this is for the time being; I just heard Buster Olney speculate that the Yankees could try to move Matsui now, but for now, he’s in this spot. Not sure why they would, unless they want Swisher/Nady here, and Melky in center? I’m ambivalent about that.)
6. Nady, RF, R, .280/.335/.458, 30
7. Posada, C, S, .277/.380/.477, 37 (it only seems like he’s 82)
8. Swisher, CF, S, .244/.354/.451, 28
9. Cano, 2B, L, .303/.335/.468, 26
Yeah, me likey. Three lefties, three righties, three switch hitters = good balance. Lot’s of OBP there, should translate nicely to lots of runs.