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Mark Teixeira 1BYankees

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
15 8029 .268 .360 .509 .293 36.9
Birth Date4-11-1980
Height6' 3"
Weight225 lbs
Age37 years, 10 months, 11 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 TEX 23 146 589 529 66 137 29 5 26 254 44 120 14 2 0 84 1 2 .259 .331 .480 .262 5.3 -0.3 0.5
2004 TEX 24 145 625 545 101 153 34 2 38 305 68 117 10 2 0 112 4 1 .281 .370 .560 .301 33.9 14.3 4.7
2005 TEX 25 162 730 644 112 194 41 3 43 370 72 124 11 3 0 144 4 0 .301 .379 .575 .309 50.1 6.1 5.7
2006 TEX 26 162 727 628 99 177 45 1 33 323 89 128 4 6 0 110 2 0 .282 .371 .514 .285 25.2 -1.1 2.3
2007 ATL 27 54 240 208 38 66 9 1 17 128 27 46 4 1 0 56 0 0 .317 .404 .615 .331 20.3 -2.8 1.7
2007 TEX 27 78 335 286 48 85 24 1 13 150 45 66 3 1 0 49 0 0 .297 .397 .524 .306 20.8 -3.7 1.7
2008 ANA 28 54 234 193 39 69 14 0 13 122 32 23 4 5 0 43 2 0 .358 .449 .632 .367 28.9 1.1 3.0
2008 ATL 28 103 451 381 63 108 27 0 20 195 65 70 3 2 0 78 0 0 .283 .390 .512 .310 29.0 5.9 3.5
2009 NYA 29 156 707 609 103 178 43 3 39 344 81 114 12 5 0 122 2 0 .292 .383 .565 .308 40.5 -5.5 3.5
2010 NYA 30 158 712 601 113 154 36 0 33 289 93 122 13 5 0 108 0 1 .256 .365 .481 .284 22.2 14.5 3.8
2011 NYA 31 156 684 589 90 146 26 1 39 291 76 110 11 8 0 111 4 1 .248 .341 .494 .293 25.7 -6.4 2.1
2012 NYA 32 123 524 451 66 113 27 1 24 214 54 83 7 12 0 84 2 1 .251 .332 .475 .297 21.0 6.2 2.9
2013 NYA 33 15 63 53 5 8 1 0 3 18 8 19 1 1 0 12 0 0 .151 .270 .340 .231 -1.1 0.5 -0.1
2014 NYA 34 123 508 440 56 95 14 0 22 175 58 109 6 4 62 1 1 .216 .313 .398 .265 7.3 -3.6 0.4
2015 NYA 35 111 462 392 57 100 22 0 31 215 59 85 6 5 0 79 2 0 .255 .357 .548 .313 24.5 3.3 3.0
2016 NYA 36 116 438 387 43 79 16 0 15 140 47 105 2 2 0 44 2 0 .204 .292 .362 .231 -12.3 -6.0 -1.9
Career1862802969361099186240818409353391814411116401298267.268.360.509.293341.322.336.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2002 PCH A+ 38 175 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TUL AA 48 200 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEX MLB 146 589 .262 .260 .324 .414 .257 .288 108 1 16.0 -9.2 -0.3 -2.5 5.3 0.5 5.3 0.5
2004 TEX MLB 145 625 .301 .266 .333 .429 .258 .293 109 28.2 18.6 -11.8 14.3 -1.1 33.9 4.7 33.9 4.7
2004 FRI AA 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TEX MLB 162 730 .309 .261 .326 .411 .260 .315 108 38.2 21.0 -13.5 6.1 4.3 50.1 5.7 50.1 5.7
2006 TEX MLB 162 727 .285 .269 .334 .428 .257 .304 108 20.5 21.9 -14 -1.1 -3.1 25.2 2.3 25.2 2.3
2007 ATL MLB 54 240 .331 .265 .335 .430 .262 .336 101 18.9 7.1 -4.6 -2.8 -1.2 20.3 1.7 20.3 1.7
2007 TEX MLB 78 335 .306 .270 .333 .425 .263 .346 101 17.2 9.9 -6.4 -3.7 0.1 20.8 1.7 20.8 1.7
2007 FRI AA 1 4 .273 .261 .302 .417 .247 .000 106 0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2008 ANA MLB 54 234 .367 .268 .337 .416 .263 .346 104 26.8 6.8 -4.3 1.1 -0.3 28.9 3.0 28.9 3.0
2008 ATL MLB 103 451 .310 .263 .329 .413 .263 .300 98 24.2 13.0 -8.4 5.9 0.1 29.0 3.5 29.0 3.5
2009 NYA MLB 156 707 .308 .268 .333 .432 .262 .302 110 36.4 20.3 -13 -5.5 -3.2 40.5 3.5 40.5 3.5
2010 NYA MLB 158 712 .284 .258 .324 .408 .257 .268 114 17.4 19.6 -12.6 14.5 -2.2 22.2 3.8 22.2 3.8
2011 NYA MLB 156 684 .293 .257 .321 .407 .261 .239 106 22.4 18.4 -11.8 -6.4 -3.3 25.7 2.1 25.7 2.1
2012 NYA MLB 123 524 .297 .251 .316 .398 .258 .250 102 19.3 14.4 -9.2 6.2 -3.5 21.0 2.9 21.0 2.9
2013 NYA MLB 15 63 .231 .251 .316 .388 .265 .156 94 -1.7 1.7 -1.1 0.5 0.1 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2013 TRN AA 2 6 .172 .285 .359 .431 .293 .250 90 -0.5 0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
2014 NYA MLB 123 508 .265 .248 .311 .382 .260 .233 100 2.2 13.1 -8.4 -3.6 0.3 7.3 0.4 7.3 0.4
2015 NYA MLB 111 462 .313 .250 .312 .402 .257 .246 106 23.8 12.5 -8 3.3 -3.8 24.5 3.0 24.5 3.0
2016 NYA MLB 116 438 .231 .252 .319 .410 .255 .238 107 -12.8 12.4 -7.9 -6.0 -4.1 -12.3 -1.9 -12.3 -1.9
2016 SWB AAA 3 11 .158 .250 .322 .368 .255 .111 96 -1.2 0.3 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 TUL AA 200 31 54 11 3 10 28 25 36 3 2 .316 .415 .591 .275 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PCH A+ 175 32 48 10 2 9 41 21 24 2 0 .320 .414 .593 .273 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEX MLB 589 66 137 29 5 26 84 44 120 1 2 .259 .331 .480 .221 .262 5.3 -0.3 0.5
2004 TEX MLB 625 101 153 34 2 38 112 68 117 4 1 .281 .370 .560 .279 .301 33.9 14.3 4.7
2004 FRI AA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TEX MLB 730 112 194 41 3 43 144 72 124 4 0 .301 .379 .575 .273 .309 50.1 6.1 5.7
2006 TEX MLB 727 99 177 45 1 33 110 89 128 2 0 .282 .371 .514 .232 .285 25.2 -1.1 2.3
2007 ATL MLB 240 38 66 9 1 17 56 27 46 0 0 .317 .404 .615 .298 .331 20.3 -2.8 1.7
2007 FRI AA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .000 .273 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2007 TEX MLB 335 48 85 24 1 13 49 45 66 0 0 .297 .397 .524 .227 .306 20.8 -3.7 1.7
2008 ANA MLB 234 39 69 14 0 13 43 32 23 2 0 .358 .449 .632 .275 .367 28.9 1.1 3.0
2008 ATL MLB 451 63 108 27 0 20 78 65 70 0 0 .283 .390 .512 .228 .310 29.0 5.9 3.5
2009 NYA MLB 707 103 178 43 3 39 122 81 114 2 0 .292 .383 .565 .273 .308 40.5 -5.5 3.5
2010 NYA MLB 712 113 154 36 0 33 108 93 122 0 1 .256 .365 .481 .225 .284 22.2 14.5 3.8
2011 NYA MLB 684 90 146 26 1 39 111 76 110 4 1 .248 .341 .494 .246 .293 25.7 -6.4 2.1
2012 NYA MLB 524 66 113 27 1 24 84 54 83 2 1 .251 .332 .475 .224 .297 21.0 6.2 2.9
2013 TRN AA 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 .172 -0.6 0.1 -0.0
2013 NYA MLB 63 5 8 1 0 3 12 8 19 0 0 .151 .270 .340 .189 .231 -1.1 0.5 -0.1
2014 NYA MLB 508 56 95 14 0 22 62 58 109 1 1 .216 .313 .398 .182 .265 7.3 -3.6 0.4
2015 NYA MLB 462 57 100 22 0 31 79 59 85 2 0 .255 .357 .548 .293 .313 24.5 3.3 3.0
2016 SWB AAA 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .111 .182 .111 .000 .158 -1.1 0.1 -0.1
2016 NYA MLB 438 43 79 16 0 15 44 47 105 2 0 .204 .292 .362 .158 .231 -12.3 -6.0 -1.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2562 0.4633 0.3923 0.8229 0.5922 0.2196 0.8962 0.6523 0.1771 1252 0.002292
2009 2658 0.4737 0.4078 0.8247 0.5822 0.2509 0.9004 0.6667 0.1753 1280 0.000799
2010 2772 0.4675 0.4228 0.8251 0.5849 0.2805 0.9169 0.6570 0.1749 1316 -0.010547
2011 2806 0.4694 0.4173 0.8087 0.6120 0.2451 0.8821 0.6466 0.1913 1309 0.000469
2012 2107 0.4433 0.4025 0.8302 0.5760 0.2643 0.8866 0.7323 0.1698 1034 0.002586
2013 266 0.4850 0.4248 0.7434 0.6202 0.2409 0.7750 0.6667 0.2566 119 -0.002937
2014 2067 0.4722 0.4219 0.7764 0.5871 0.2741 0.8691 0.5987 0.2236 959 0.002250
2015 1792 0.4587 0.4325 0.7755 0.6582 0.2412 0.8688 0.5598 0.2245 836 0.000652
2016 1754 0.4721 0.4287 0.7660 0.6196 0.2581 0.8713 0.5397 0.2340 0 0.000000
Career187840.46570.41480.80610.59950.25380.8870.63810.19391044.5873-0.0005

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-21 2014-09-23 DTD 2 2 Right Wrist Inflammation -
2014-09-16 2014-09-17 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Soreness -
2014-08-21 2014-08-21 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring -
2014-08-07 2014-08-10 DTD 3 3 Left Fingers Laceration Sliding -
2014-08-04 2014-08-05 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Other Light-headed -
2014-07-21 2014-07-28 DTD 7 7 - Back Strain Lower Latissimus Dorsi -
2014-06-14 2014-06-15 DTD 1 1 - Trunk Tightness Ribcage -
2014-05-31 2014-05-31 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Inflammation -
2014-05-26 2014-05-30 DTD 4 3 Right Wrist Inflammation -
2014-05-12 2014-05-13 DTD 1 1 - Groin Tightness - -
2014-04-05 2014-04-20 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-06-16 2013-09-30 60-DL 106 94 Right Wrist Surgery Tendon Sheath Re-tear 2013-07-01
2013-06-14 2013-06-14 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Inflammation - -
2013-03-22 2013-05-31 60-DL 70 53 Right Wrist Recovery From Strain Tendon Sheath - -
2013-03-03 2013-03-22 Camp 19 0 Right Wrist Strain Tendon Sheath - -
2012-09-09 2012-10-01 DTD 22 20 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2012-08-28 2012-09-08 DTD 11 10 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2012-08-17 2012-08-20 DTD 3 3 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2012-06-25 2012-06-25 DTD 0 0 - Fingers Contusion HBP - -
2012-06-20 2012-06-20 DTD 0 0 - Foot Contusion Batted Ball Heel - -
2012-05-19 2012-05-20 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-04-17 2012-04-18 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-09-02 2011-09-04 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion HBP - -
2011-06-07 2011-06-07 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Patella HBP -
2011-04-27 2011-04-27 DTD 0 0 Shoulder Soreness -
2011-04-04 2011-04-04 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion HBP -
2010-10-20 2010-10-21 15-DL 1 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-09-01 2010-09-01 DTD 0 0 Right Fracture Little Toe -
2010-08-29 2010-08-30 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Contusion -
2010-05-31 2010-05-31 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-03-30 2010-04-01 Camp 2 0 Right Elbow Contusion HBP -
2009-06-03 2009-06-04 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Contusion -
2009-04-11 2009-04-14 DTD 3 3 Left Wrist Inflammation -
2008-09-10 2008-09-12 DTD 2 2 General Medical Infection -
2008-05-12 2008-05-14 DTD 2 3 Back Spasms First Game of Doubleheader -
2007-11-27 2007-11-27 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Loose Bodies 2007-11-27
2007-06-09 2007-07-13 15-DL 34 27 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-06-06 2007-06-06 DTD 0 0 Neck Stiffness -
2007-06-01 2007-06-01 DTD 0 0 Head Concussion Thrown Ball While Running Bases -
2007-03-12 2007-03-18 Camp 6 0 Right Knee Contusion -
2005-03-22 2005-03-22 Camp 0 0 Elbow Contusion HBP -
2004-05-19 2004-05-21 DTD 2 2 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2004-04-13 2004-04-29 15-DL 16 14 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2004-03-13 2004-03-29 Camp 16 0 Neck Tightness Bothered for Two Weeks Before -
2003-06-28 2003-06-30 DTD 2 2 Low Back Tightness -
2003-05-14 2003-05-14 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2003-02-22 2003-02-23 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2002-04-05 2002-06-01 Minors 57 0 Left Elbow Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 NYA $23,125,000
2015 NYA $23,125,000
2014 NYA $23,125,000
2013 NYA $23,125,000
2012 NYA $23,125,000
2011 NYA $23,125,000
2010 NYA $20,625,000
2009 NYA $20,625,000
2008 ATL $12,500,000
2007 TEX $9,000,000
2006 TEX $6,400,000
2005 TEX $3,625,000
2004 TEX $2,625,000
2003 TEX $750,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$214,900,000
14 yrTotal$214,900,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 0 dCasey Close8 years/$180M (2009-16)

Details
  • 8 years/$180M (2009-16). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/23/08. $5M signing bonus, 09:$20M, 10:$20M, 11-16:$22.5M/year. Full no-trade clause. (Deal negotiated by Scott Boras, who was fired 3/11).
  • 1 year/$12.5M (2008). Re-signed by Atlanta 7/29/08 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Atlanta 7/29/08.
  • 2 years/$15.4M (2006-07). Signed extension with Texas 1/06 (avoided arbitration). 06:$6.4M, 07:$9M. Award bonuses: $0.1M for MVP. $50,000 each for WS MVP, All-Star. $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Texas 7/31/07.
  • 4 years/$9.5M (2002-05). Signed Major League contract with Texas 8/01. $4.5M signing bonus (paid over 3 years). 02:$0.25M, 03:$0.75M, 04:$1.5M, 05:$2.5M.
  • Drafted by Texas 2001 (1-5) (USC).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Bellinger's jumping tag still fresh in my mind, what are the most impressive or important defensive plays at first you can think of?
(Lauren from the internet)
The Bellinger play was nuts. That's probably the best I've seen in a while. Mark Teixeira made a bunch of great ones in his prime. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's been the biggest reason you've noticed in Mark Teixeira's struggles? I remember last year when everyone was remembering just how good he was when healthy - and now he's mostly healthy and is giving NY virtually no production. Maybe now that other guys in the Yankees lineup are stepping up he will see more good pitches to hit and turn himself around.
(Sean Martin from Point Pleasant, NJ)
Tex is one of those slow start guys. He also was a little banged up already, and he's about a trillion years old in dog years. He'll still hit his dingers and will likely pick it up as the season moves along, but he's also old. So, this is all a long way of pointing you towards the shrug emoji. He's not this bad, but he's not that great anymore either.
The glove is still a thing, though! There aren't many people who make first base defense look fun. Teixeira is one of them. (Nicolas Stellini)
2014-11-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Simliar question about Greg Bird and the AFL. I read your eyewitness report. Yankees fans may look at him and see Mark Teixeira 2.0 ... that may be insane, but my question is that his stats seem to be better than a 45 OFP second division player?
(Pete from Detroit)
Bird is an interesting one. I think it is safe to say I would be on the lower end when it comes to valuing Bird. When I saw him at Double-A, it was a first-base only prospect with average bat speed and a swing that was more brauny than fast-twitched. I had concerns about the discipline against off-speed. However, this was my snapshot in that series, and I have talked to other scouts and BP members that had varying opinions on Bird. This is the most interesting aspect of player evaluation, as we all see players at different stages and are likely to have differing opinions. I have grown on Bird even since reading that report, but I still think he is more of a second division talent rather than a truly impact 1B.

Here's the report referenced: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=174 (Tucker Blair)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the prognosis on Mark Teixeira's wrist . . . what's the likelihood he will be an outstanding hitter again?
(scoresheetwiz from world wide web)
Last a I saw, Teixeira suggested the wrist would be stiff or something like that all year long. Seems promising. I would guess he's never going to return to his prime form. Unfortunate, because the dude could hit. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What round is appropriate for taking Mark Teixeira in a 12-team mixed redraft league?
(Alex from Anaheim)
The last one? OK, maybe not that bad, but he's just not special and the batting average isn't coming back. He's in that giant cluster of "whatever" corners with some good pop and little else. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Re:Stanton, Rangers. If you were the Marlins, what would you do with Stanton, if anything? Could you create a fair package from the Rangers system? Who?
(ubersamoyed from Frisco, tx)
If I'm the Marlins, I trade him in this coming off-season - which will potentially be the height of his value. And sure, but it would include Profar and Olt, among others. Might be a package we haven't seen since the Mark Teixeira trade. (Bret Sayre)
2012-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is "do it like the Rays do it" really a strategy that can be replicated?
(2 percent from Tampa)
A huge part of the Rays' success is execution, and you can't copy execution. That part can't be replicated. Being smart/getting lucky isn't a template. But the Rays have shown a certain amount of lie to the idea that there's no choice but to give free agents long deals. Obviously, the Rays haven't been adding guys like John Lackey and Mark Teixeira, but their discipline and patience in waiting for the right short-term deals has been tremendous and can be replicate.

I heard the Rockets' GM (or whatever title he has) talking recently and he said their goal is to make lots and lots of gambles where they think they have a small edge. This way, they aren't quite as exposed if one or two of their bets go wrong. I think this works with the Rays, too. That's what all those extensions and one-year deals are, after all: Small bets that combined to a good profit without putting a lot of risk on them. (Sam Miller)
2012-01-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mark Teixeira's batting average has fallen off a cliff in the last 2 seasons. Some of that is bad luck, but some of it also appears to be him being very pull happy in the new Yankee Stadium. Do you think some tweaking in his approach with Kevin Long can restore him to the hitter he was prior to 2010?
(Pete from Westtown)
He has a weird swing. I commented on this a couple of annual's ago--he hits everything off his back foot, employing no weight shift. He's just strong enough to get away with it. I wonder if, as he ages, he might try a more conventional transfer. The shift also takes something out of him when he bats from the left side. He had an unholy-low BABIP last year, and I do think he will get the average back up some. (Steven Goldman)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So have Angels fans just inherited all sorts of crazy with Pujols and his family? I can respect folks' religious beliefs but the comments coming out of that camp are pretty much that of an insane (wo)man.
(Jacob from LA (but not of Anaheim))
I think my intro got eaten. Sorry, no intro, guys.

The month or so after a player signs with a new city, we tend to get a lot of his wife. I suspect this is intentional showing the player's family reinforces the idea that he chose the city because he's a family man weighing personal concerns, not just a dude going where there's the most money. This happened with John Lackey, with Mark Teixeira, with Cliff Lee. Then the wives more or less disappear from the spotlight. Deidre Pujols will be long forgotten by April. (Sam Miller)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)OK, this isn't a transaction question exactly, but it's closer to your beat than anyone else's perhaps. What are the ramifications if any of Mark Teixeira ceasing to retain Boras as an agent? Doesn't Boras still get his cut as long as the current contract is in place? If yes, then what does Teixeira gain by changing agents now? Does any new agent that Teixeira hire get essentially $0 compensation until his next contract (and hope that Teixeira doesn't change agents again before then)?
(Michael from Detroit, MI)
Yes, seeing this come across the transom, I really wonder if Tex isn't being overly sensitive to the "Boras client" spiel he trotted out as an excuse, because he's still a bazillionaire either way. I'm not sure if there's some additional revenue from advertising opportunities he gets to cut Boras out of, but it would seem to me that Boras would still get his cut from the contract. But I really don't know. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven, Very sorry to hear about your father being in the hospital again. My best to him and to you. My question: As a Red Sox fan, Cano can't be this good, right? Please say he isn't. You may chalk his production this season up to one or more of the following: 1) how his grandmother's magic beans ended up in his chili, 2) Cano's thievery of a pair of rabbit's feet underoos from Mark Teixeira's locker during spring training, 3) BABIP, LD%, Fly Ball %, or 4) actual skill. I'd prefer it was one of the first two, however. As always, thanks for the chat.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Thanks mm2000. I think he is kind of real. He's probably not a "real" .371 hitter, because Ty Cobb aside, no one is consistent at that level. When Cano slumped at the beginning of May, I thought (and wrote) "Aha, here comes one of his patented low-concentration/swing at anything cold streaks." Instead, he regrouped and hit .336 for the month. Since hitting eight home runs in April he's whacked only five, so the good news for you is that he's apparently not Rogers Hornsby. The really positive thing that has happened here is that you have a player with a tremendous ability to make contact and hit the ball hard who, while not becoming selective by any means, has upped his patience by just enough to eliminate the easy outs he used to make from time to time (or month to month, and in 2008 for a whole season. At 27 he's freakin' peakin'. If he doesn't regress, I see no reason why he can't give us a few more .320 or .330 seasons before he's done. (Steven Goldman)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: By season's end, Mark Teixeira will have a higher batting average than Austin Jackson? (small sample alert question of the moment)
(dianagramr from NYC)
Actually a pretty good question. I have much more faith in Jackson keeping his batting average around .290-.300 than I do his power sustaining itself (at least in 2010). I'll say Teix gets it back up, just because I know if I don't he'll hit .370 in the second half instead of .330. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Brewer's be taking the same approach towards signing Prince as you have advocated the Cardinals do with Pujols? Or is he a completely different bird with Boras in his corner?
(Adam from WI)
I don't think it's about Boras, I think it's about quality of the player. Albert is Albert -- maybe you're a little nervous if you sign him at the top of the market, but the Cards have a chance to sign him at the bottom of the market two straight times. With this type of player, it's a no brainer.

But with Prince, I just don't think he's as good as most people think. if he wants Mark Teixeira money, I'm bailing. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)So, the blip of chatter about a 10-year deal for Mauer seems to have been bunk. What do you think is a reasonable number of years if they do a deal within the next couple of weeks?
(sharkey from MPLS)
10 years is a lot. But Mark Teixeira got eight, and I'd be stunned if Mauer didn't get at least as much money/as many years as Teixeira did. So maybe 8/200? I'm sure the Twins and Cards would both love it if the other got a deal done first (hoping for a hometown discount) so they can use it as their own benchmark. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Jays got more back than the Twins did for Johan Santana (it would be hard to do worse, I think)." As you note, that's setting the bar pretty low. Is that the worst trade of the last ten years? I can't think of any that are worse off the top of my head...
(mattymatty2000 from philly, pa)
Only time will tell, but I think you can make strong cases for the Expos' acquisition of Bartolo Colon (Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips to Cleveland) and the Braves' acquisition of Mark Teixeira (Neftali Felix, Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia - yeah, I can spell it without looking - et al). Still, it's in the picture for the clinkers of note. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Care to weigh in on the Teixeira vs. Mauer debate that erupted over the weekend?
(PSIllini from Champaign, IL)
Which is your favorite way to measure this? Mauer is a catcher with a .355 EqA, a 66.4 VORP and a 7.5 WARP. Teixeira is a first baseman with a .311 EqA, a 35.3 VORP and a 5.4 WARP.

I think the world of Mark Teixeira he was the first player I drafted in my current Strat league -- but the fact that there's a debate about this just amazes me. It's not Joe Mauer's fault that the Twins aren't able to leverage the most valuable commodity in the AL into a playoff berth. (Ken Funck)
2009-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mauer's RC/27 is a hair below Pujol's figure last season. He's 2nd in the AL in RC outright while playing catcher. Why isn't the stats community up in arms making his case (and would this actually backfire a la Jim Rice)? Thanks!
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
I've been tackling people with Mark Teixeira jerseys on the street, if that helps. The reality is that voters are going to vote how they're going to vote. I think the stats community is sick of losing these battles already. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Mark Teixeira ever put two halves together? He sucks in April and May.
(Paul from LA)
But it's oh so worth it by year's end, in any league format. His final lines are always great, even if the bulk of it comes during certain months. (Marc Normandin)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Yankees trade for Swisher preclude them from going after Texiera? What's your opinion of Swisher?
(Eric from Manorville)
Let's start here, since this is what's on my mind anyway. Well, that and the awful, hideous Wolfman Jack impersonator that is on Sirius/XM's 60s channel just now. I hated that guy before, and now he's on in the daytime. I like Swisher and his power/OBP approach and I think he's going to rebound nicely for the Yankees. As many (including myself over at YESnetwork.com) have pointed out, his BABIP numbers from last year argue loudly for a case of extreme bad luck this year. Now, I love Swisher as a roamer, a guy who can help you at both OF corners, 1B, and CF in a pinch. I DON'T like him as a reason not to get Mark Teixeira. A lot of commentators are assuming that is the case, that Swisher signals the Yankees are out of the Teixeira business. I'm not sure, and Brian Cashman sounded equivocal. Teixeira is a star 1B. Swisher isn't. What Swisher could be a star of is helping the team stay above replacement at four positions depending on injury, or a star of getting rid of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, or Xavier Nady. Especially Nady. The Yankees are crazy focused on pitching right now, when they need to be looking at offense and defense. Teixeira would help with both... And he'll be valuable for many more years than Sabathia will. I'll stop now. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)First, the very best of health to you, sir. I hope your various maladies are not plaguing you at present. Second, I'm perplexed by the Mark Teixeira to the Red Sox rumors. Sure, Tex is a great player, but the Red Sox already possess two more years of both Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis. Now, neither is Teixeira (though Youkilis was this year), but neither is a slouch at the plate or in the field either. Looking beyond that, the Red Sox have Lars Anderson, who tore it up in A and AA and who projects to be ready for Boston by the time Lowell's contract expires. Taking all of this together, does it really make sense for Theo to spend $150+ Million of John Henry's money on what amounts to a slight up-grade?
(mattymatty from Philly)
The maladies are quiescent, thanks, and nothing troubling me at present except for some stitches in inconvenient places. I have turned down two TV opportunities this week because I look like someone punched me in the eye. Who knew I would be in demand the second week of November? I agree with your take, Matty. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, Were you able to catch Matt Wieters in action in Arizona? What were your thoughts?
(Corey from Baltimore)
He looked like he didn't belong there. Some guys just look better than the league--Mark Teixeira was like that in my first year down there, 2002--and that's the impression he gave. I saw him twice, and the only thing I didn't see him display was speed.

I'll write up a bunch of guys for Sunday's PT, and mention this again, but let me say it here: I Am Not A Scout. Take everything I say with many grains of salt. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Assuming the Orioles would match the high bidders (a big assumption, I know), do you think the geographical connections would lead either or Both of A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira to sign with the O's? Or is their status as an also-ran to much to overcome?
(Playwright22 from Baltimore)
I guess I look at any sentient adult's chances of signing with the Orioles, and I'd ask what they were smoking, or if they just needed the money. The latter is an entirely justifiable motive, but if you were a premium free agent who could punch your ticket to any destination in the majors, why would you pick the AL East's definitive also-ran? (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who plays first base in New York next year (both teams). Does Giambi stay a yankee? Given all the Yankee holes, do you think they are likely to get back to the playoffs or with many aging vets showing their years are they in for a down stretch.
(Jay from Madison)
I think the Yankees should make Mark Teixeira their #1 priority this winter. Yes, I can say that for a lot of teams, but the Yankees have the cash to make it happen. The Mets...Delgado's strong second half makes it possible, even likely, for him to return. I don't know if that's optimal, but I suspect it will happen. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan Murphy and Nick Evans, can they work as a platoon in 2009?
(tremont from LI, NY)
I like the chances of it panning out. They're both doing solid work, it's a credit to the Mets' system that they've managed to squeeze this kind of value out of it, and the savings involved might make getting Mark Teixeira that much more affordable. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mark Teixeira will stay with the Angels? Will that make them less likely to resign K Rod?
(Lis from Los Alamitos)
From what I understood, the Angels were prepared to throw a fair amount of money around last winter and just didn't find the right fit. They have plenty of money to re-sign both Tex and K-Rod; my guess is that the interest will be mutual and that they in fact will. (Nate Silver)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, I know its in CC's best interests to take whoever offers the most money for the most years, because you never know when a pitcher might break down - but Teixeira is better off taking a shorter deal for more cash, and going back on the market when he's 32, right? Isn't this why Boras had the opt-out clauses in A-Rod and JD Drew's old deals?
(Shaun P. from Medway, MA)
Good call, Shaun. Opt-outs are the most player-friendly invention since the groupie, and the next owner to give one out will deserve every bit of opprobrium he gets. I wouldn't think an owner would give Teixeira one, but you never know. However, I'm pretty certain he wouldn't sign, say, a Mark Teixeira deal.

Boras may have been aware, with the Drew deal, that he was signing in a slack market that was due to explode. That's not the case this winter. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any realistic deals out there to be made for Mark Teixeira? I'm on board with dealing him, but I just don't see all of the Tex-for-Kotchman or Tex-for-Conor Jackson or Tex-for-Youk rumors that are around. Teams are content with there pretty good 1Bs that they've got control over for the next 2-3 years and don't want to lose them for a 2-month rental.
(Matt A from Raleigh)
I guess because I've never been all that excited about Conor Jackson I'd do that, because Tex in Phoenix should light up the scoreboard, perhaps enough to make the difference between a title and an early start on people's golf games. They'd still have a problem in left, though. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are month by month performance statistics over a player's career predictive of what they are likely to do in coming months/years? Are they worth factoring into our calculations? For example, in his brief career Markakis has improved in the second half over the first half. Should I therefore expect him to be better over the first second half of this year?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
I think it's useful with some players. For example, Adam LaRoche is typically a slow starter, but improves in the second half, for whatever reason. Mark Teixeira had admitted in the past that sometimes the first half hurts his numbers because it takes him time to straighten out his swings (as a switch hitter, it takes twice as much work to keep them in line). You just need to learn to separate who had poor/good luck in each half, and who legitimately improves. (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)John, do you see the Pirates dealing Jason Bay? If so, do you think they can get a package similar to what the Rangers received for Mark Teixeira last year?
(Peter from Beyond the Boxscore)
I think the Pirates will only deal Bay if they feel they can get two or three pieces who can help them now or in the future. If you look at the trade deadline the last few years, there haven't been many Teixeira-type trades. Furthermore, I just don't think a team is going to give up half its farm system for Jason Bay. He's well-regarded but not that coveted. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)A lot of people in fantasy baseball circles had Francoeur pegged as a breakout candidate for this year. He is hitting well as of late, but his power numbers aren't where people thought they would be. Does the organization still see him as a future 30/100 guy? Do you?
(Matt from WI)
Yeah, Joe Sheehan loved him as a breakout candidate and I understand why-his walk rate really went up last year. As far as how the organization sees him, I'm not sure. He's still young and I think the power will continue to develop, so 30 homers is a possibility. On the RBI front he's been really, really, really fortunate because he has always hit with men on base-we did a stat that going into friday night no one in the majors had hit with more men on base than Mark Teixeira and Francoeur was in the top 5. I think his RBI total is more a function of guys always being on base for him and I don't consider it when evaluating his skills. (Jon "Boog" Sciambi)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneI complain a lot about every home run getting assigned to pitchers as bad pitches instead of hitters as a nice piece of hitting.

That said, that was about the worst place to put a fastball when pitching to Mark Teixeira. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameNothing can bring down my love of Adrian Gonzalez. Especially since Mark Teixeira is already entrenched in pinstripes. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneIf you look at the stats, you'll see stuff like Mark Teixeira having good career numbers against Lee. Normal small-sample caveats aside, the question is, "Which Lee?" Even this year, there was a lot of variance in Lee's starters, particularly in Philly, and of course his pre '08 career was all over the map. (Steven Goldman)
 

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