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You might have missed it in the avalanche of Super Bowl preview coverage, but Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal turned in a terrific story with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, one in which Teixeira spoke candidly about his future and the relentless demands of living up to an eight-year, $180 million contract.
You don’t hear this unvarnished brand of speech too often from professional athletes, but Teixeira provided a very honest assessment of where he stands, and he hasn’t shied away. At last night’s Yankees charity event in Times Square, Teixeira even took a moment on stage to laud Barbarisi’s work to the audience.
In short, Teixeira acknowledges that there isn’t much he can do on the field that will make a $22.5 million annual salary seem like it makes sense.
“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am,” Teixeira said. “We all are.”
“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it,” he continued. “You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”
As he approaches age 33, Teixeira seems to have come to terms with the realization that his production levels are not going to magically improve as time goes on. He said that he’s on the backside of his career and doesn’t want to play 10 more years; he just wants five or six good ones.
“I looked at the first six or seven years of my career, I was in my 20s, it was easy,” Teixeira said. “I wasn’t searching for the right formula. To think that I’m going to get remarkably better, as I get older and breaking down a little bit more, it’s not going to happen … Maybe I’m slowing down a tick. Look, I’m not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don’t want to say declining, but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 [homers] and 100 [RBI],” Teixeira said.
In the face of a sinking batting average, Teixeira seems to have decided that he must focus on those proud, round numbers – 30 and 100 – and play to the in-house advantages provided by Yankee Stadium. That is, he should embrace the short porch, forget about hitting against whatever defensive shifts teams employ and focus on impacting the baseball with authority.
“You can’t make everybody happy no matter what. I need to concentrate on what I do well. And what I do well is hitting home runs, driving in a lot of runs, and playing great defense,” Teixeira said.
Andy Pettitte and Mark Teixeira will be taking the field for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, as confirmed by MLB.com last night.
The tournament will reunite Pettitte with former manager Joe Torre, who has signed on to fill out the lineup cards for the United States entry. The 40-year-old Pettitte will be tuning up after a truncated season in which he went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts.
Meanwhile, the Classic schedule means that Teixeira will be getting into game mode a little bit earlier. Given his history of slow regular season starts, perhaps this is a new way of trying to avoid those April struggles.
Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy) have also been rumored to be participating in the Classic, with full rosters slated to be announced on Thursday on MLB Network.
In case you’re wondering, the Yankees did not have to approve participation for their players. Teams do not have the ability to stop players from taking part in the Classic unless there is a pre-existing injury.
Three members of the 2012 Yankees have been nominated as finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, as voted upon by Major League managers and coaches — Russell Martin, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira.
The winners will be announced during the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Announcement Show on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 9pm ET on ESPN2.
Martin is listed among the catchers with the Tigers’ Alex Avila, the White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski and the Orioles’ Matt Wieters.
Teixeira’s competition is at first base with Adrian Gonzalez, nominated for his time with the Red Sox, and the Royals’ Eric Hosmer.
Cano will contend at second base with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley.
10/15/12: Phil Hughes, Mark Teixeira and Jayson Nix discuss what they need to do to be successful in Game 3 of the ALCS
Before the Dodgers pulled the trigger on their big trade with the Red Sox last week, they asked the Yankees about the possibility of trading for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
The Yankees told Dodgers executives that they had no interest in trading either player, according to the report. Sherman also noted that there were no signs that the Dodgers had any interest in acquiring Alex Rodriguez.
Los Angeles instead added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto in a blockbuster, salary-dump with the Red Sox, agreeing to take on $260 million in future salary.