Teixeira: Sox swap shows baseball is “all result business”
As the Yankees were winding down from their 3-1 win over the Indians last night in Cleveland, the clubhouse televisions were tuned to coverage of the wild deal in the works between the Red Sox and Dodgers that figures to send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira – who considered signing with the Red Sox before inking his big deal with the Yankees for the 2009 World Series-winning season – shared his thoughts on the rumors with reporters:
What’s your reaction to the trade reports?
“It’s interesting. It just shows that it’s an all result business and the Red Sox aren’t used to not making the playoffs. You have three really good players that might be on the move and I guess it’s all null if it doesn’t happen. But if you’re not winning, you’ve got to find something else to mix it up.”
As a player with a big money deal, are you surprised to see Crawford and Gonzalez being moved?
“Yeah. One of the reasons that I didn’t sign with Boston was they don’t offer full no-trade clauses. I would hate, personally as a father and a husband, I would hate to uproot my family here in New York and get traded somewhere else. That’d be devastating. I could play baseball anywhere, really, but to have to uproot your family — that would be really tough. And Boston doesn’t give full no-trade clauses. This is what could happen.”
Ever regret that decision not to sign with Boston?
“I have never once questioned my decision to come here. This is the most amazing place to play baseball. Living in New York is unbelievable. But I’ll be honest with you, a no-trade clause helps because your family can set roots. You know that if you have a bad game, they’re not going to trade you. You know that even if your team might have a bad stretch, they’re not going to look at you as, ‘Oh, you’re the reason why. We’re getting rid of you.’ This is a tough business and whether that trade goes through or not, just the fact that they’re talking about getting rid of three guys they committed to just shows that it’s all about winning. It’s not show-friends, it’s show-business.”
Think these drastic changes could help Bobby Valentine?
“I really don’t know him that well. I worked out at his facility, I see him once or twice an offseason and we small talk about baseball. I really don’t know him that well, so I really don’t know. He’s got a great facility. I love working out there. I really do.”
What’s it like to be traded like that?
“I was in a different situation where I was about to be a free agent anyway and I was kind of a hired gun for two stretch runs. It’s a little different for me. It’s flattering, it actually is, because the team wants you to help them make the playoffs or make a run in the playoffs. Like I said, if I was to get traded now – which isn’t going to happen – it would completely rock my world because of my family. That’s the tough part. I don’t know what family situation these guys are but that would be my No. 1 concern.”
If you hadn’t been traded, would you feel so strongly about no-trade clauses?
“Maybe not, actually. Maybe not. I know how difficult it is to uproot your family. I tell people, the last two years before free agency, I was a gypsy. I lived all over the plate. So it’s not easy, it really isn’t, and that was one of the big reasons that I wanted a full no-trade clause.”