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Mark Teixeira to make his spring debut next week

Feb 26, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

There have been multiple reports of Mark Texeiria being “stiff” or maybe being behind schedule. But we’ll know soon enough:


Teixeira’s effectiveness may be one of the more important things for the Yankees this year. If he hits even close to the way he used to, the Yankees are a strong contender. If he doesn’t or if he misses a lot of time, there’s a lot more pressure.

  1. ez4u2sa - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Teixeira will never be the player he once was. All the Yankees can count on him for as another long term drain on their pocketbook.

    • carpi2 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      His contract ends in 2016. He certainly won’t be worth the money, but he wont be a long-term drain.

    • 4cornersfan - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Good Lord! Have you told Teixiera and the Yankee front office about this?

    • Jeremy T - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      He doesn’t have to be 2009 Tex. He just has to not be 2013 Tex.

  2. karlkolchak - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Question is, does Texeiria get “stiff” on the field during games the same way Greg Maddux used to?

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    He is certainly the most over-paid first baseman in the AL East. The question is just how over-paid is he? If he is worth half of his salary, it might be just enough to help the Yankees contend.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Makes me wonder what would have happened had the Sox gotten either A-Rod or Texeira.

      • pastabelly - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        Big deal. They actually traded Rizzo and overpaid Adrian Gonzalez and also signed Carl Crawford. They were determined to match the Yankees in giving out bad contracts. That era, thankfully, is over.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      My friend considering Pujols is just starting the 3rd year of a 10 year $240MM deal with the Angels you may want to revise at least the “certainly” part of your reply. Also with Mauer now playing 1st base he might be in contention as well. Sure Mauer has a very nice BA and OBP but for $23MM per for the next 5 years that’s a bit steep for a guy that has only hit more then 13 HR’s once in 10 years and that was in 2006 and he’s NEVER had a 100 RBI season. And I won’t even bring up his injury history.

      Tex is overpaid, no doubt but his defense (glove) is probably worth half his pay as it is. Have a good day.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        I remembered Pujols, thus I wrote “AL East” rather than MLB.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Duly noted my friend but to be honest considering there are only 4 other teams in the AL East that’s not much of a comparison.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        and when you consider the jays and rays don’t spend money its now down to 2 teams

    • 4cornersfan - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      You people do realize that excluding Teixiera’s injury year he has averaged .355/.503/.859 as a Yankee? The only 1B that I can think of who did better lately are Fielder and maybe Pujols (I am sure somebody will think of so0mebody else). His contract is for a little less than Fielder and a lot less than Pujols, and has only 2 more years, unlike Fielder (2020) and Albert (2022). Not such a bad deal for the Yankees overall.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Thanks for the info.

      • TheMorningStar - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        Uh, maybe you should take a look here and revise your numbers?

      • Jeremy T - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        He’s never even sniffed those numbers for a single season, let alone the 4-season span of 2009-2012. For those who are curious, his triple slash line for those 4 years is .263/.357/.506

      • ghostsintheeyes - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Did… Did you really just use an OBP/SLG/OPS triple slash?



  4. biznasty85 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    If Rex gets hurt again, what are plans B,C, and D?

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Kelly Johnson? After that who the hell knows.

  5. biznasty85 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:37 AM


  6. cackalackyank - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    To say that Tex struggling would add pressure is like saying the USA is a little bit in debt. There really isn’t a plan B, never mind a plan C or D. Right now Kelly Johnson who projects as the starting 3B, is the backup 1B. It’s gonna be rough running from one side of the diamond to the other on put outs. But seriously…Tex has only played 162 twice in his career, and that was ’05 and ’06…awhile ago. He has been in the high 150’s a few times since then, but he is not getting any younger or healthier. The need for a good backup 1B should have been pretty obvious, imho. One of the bigger stories of the season could end up being the NYY passing on Reynolds, Chavez, Overbay et al.

    • friscoal - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      I think they’ll begin working Suzuki out at first.

  7. uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    As long as Tex can stay healthy which we will find out over the course of the next 3 or 4 weeks the Yankees will be fine. If not I’m confident they can find some temporary help. There will be players released as ST progresses, much like Overbay was last spring. And there will certainly be non contenders looking to unload some players to get salary relief within a couple of months into the season.

  8. friscoal - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Great news. The Yankees will now be able to give their double play combos a lot of practice. Tex swinging away will give Jeter and the new second base people a lot of practice working together on ground balls.

    • rpb1234 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      That is assuming he doesn’t just pop out…

  9. biznasty85 - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I actually laughed when I read that slash line…hahaha

  10. pisano - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    If the Yankees are smart, they’ll have an alternate plan for first base, this guy can’t be counted on.

    • dylanthom2013 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      If the Yankees are smart, they’ll have an alternate plan for EVERY base. Teix coming off major injury, Jeter butchering SS, washed-up journeymen like Kelly Johnson and B. Roberts @ 3B and 2B. How can you afford to spend that much dough and still have to fill spots with scrubs like Johnson/Roberts?

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