I was shocked. I received a text message from my friend proclaiming “Teixeira’s a yank omgggg.” It’s not exactly the way I would like to have found out, but that seventh-grade-esque text certainly did the job. I jumped up and ran to a computer, getting to ESPN.com’s home page to see the blurb about Teixeira’s agreement with the Yanks. Then I screamed.
This was not supposed to happen. But what makes it even better is that what WAS supposed to happen didn’t- Mark Teixeira will NOT be a member of the Boston Red Sox. Instead, switching hitting gem of a first baseman will be in the Bronx this coming April, just another housewarming gift for the new stadium across the street.
This move, as Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus writes, is pretty much the safest the Yankees have made all off-season. Teixeira is arguably the second-best hitting first baseman behind Albert Pujols, and he has at least three or four years left in his prime. I don’t need to get into his stats, but I would like to say that Teixeira created 123 runs at the plate for his two teams, the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels, last year, which is essentially good for 12.3 team wins. Then factor in all the runs he saves as one of the league’s best defenders at first base, and you’ve got a complete package that nicely compliments Alex Rodriguez on the Yankees roster.
The thing I like most about all these moves is that the Yankees have not given up any prospects or young talent. They are rewarding their fans, and ensuring that the new ballpark will open with a bang. They are putting the best players they can on the field for the next 6-8 years, while allowing the young guys in the farm system to grow through the Yankees organization. As fans, we can now expect some fun, exciting, and hopefully successful baseball over the next few seasons, while also looking forward to the performances of home-grown talents like Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson and Humberto Sanchez in the coming years.