Tag:luxury tax
Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:40 am

10 reasons Boston Red Sox don't need Teixeira

Still in the festive mood I decided to discuss the 10 reasons the Red Sox don't need Mark Teixeira.

10. Pesky's Pole - a mere 302 feet the shortest the shortest porch in Major League Baseball.  Tex would have been able to over inflate his stats hitting over this wall costing the team significant performance costs.

9. Luxury Tax - that $20-23 million salary would have made the Red Sox pay a little coin into the luxury pot.  It's better watching the Yankees continue to pay over 90% of this pot than become major contributors as well...

8. The Green Monster - well its a huge wall (37 foot and 2 inches tall) in left field only 310 feet.  Just an FYI any park built after 1958 are required to be at least 325 feet at each foul pole.

7. Fenway Park is a hitters ball park - It is estimated Fenway add's at least 5 to 7 points on a batters average.  The Sox don't need to pay Teixera for free hits...

6. Teixeira is a switch hitter - Need I say more?  He can pop it over either the small left field porch or the small right field porch on any given at bat...  no need to pay him the huge additional costs for the inflated performance costs.

5. Mike Lowell - Still on contract a couple more years and producing quite nicely.  Adding Teixeira leaves him without a home and not many teams going to take his $12.5 million contract combined with his age (34) and injury risk.

4. $20-23 million reasons - Seriously we are in a recession which people are predicting to only get worse so why would one man swinging a bat make so much money?  More jobs less guys swinging a stick making more than hundreds of average North Americans combined.

3.  He is greedy - Red Sox are a team made up of average players who play hard baseball and good defence.  They don't need a guy who only wants to play for the highest bidder.  (Please note I actually hate the Red Sox as a Blue Jays fan)

2. Kevin Youkilis - He's already at 1B and he's only making 3 million.  That is $103, 448 a home run versus Teixeira's $666,666 a home run.

1. Lars Anderson - Yes his first name reminds most of us of a Worlds Strongest Man competition but actually he is a 21 year old top prospect who just happens to play first base in the minors for Boston.  So you ask?  He is projected to hit for huge power combined with average.  Did I mention he is a prospect meaning they pay him practically nothing for a long time before he is free agency eligible and he should already be able to produce at Tex's level.  Red Sox fans should be thankful there team has all that money to spend on something more useful like adding more seats to Fenway Park...
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:12 pm

Yanks, Teixeira agree on 8-year deal

So looks like the Yankees have cleaned up on Free Agency this year.

Not only did they get the number 1 and number 2 free agents in CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira they also overpaid for a bumped out arm in AJ Burnett.

So what now?  Well looks like the Yankees are going to pay even further into the luxury tax program.  They also need to figure out what they are going to do with the plethora of players they now have sitting around.

Taking a serious look at their roster I see so clear answers and some others quite fague:

The obvious

1B - Mark Teixeira
2B - Robinson Cano (rumoured a lot to be traded this offseason)
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Alex Rodriguez

The not so obvious

C - Jorge Posada - Bum arm may not enable him to return to the catching role.  Then what?  OF is crowded, DH is crowded, and 1B is full.
    - Jose Molina - more than likely to take over the catching role or at least the majority of the games

OF - Johnny Damon - I suspect won't move but could see platoon role
      - Xavier Nady - can't leave this bat out
      - Nick Swisher - I smell platoon role or trade coming.  You should probably try and trade him if you have him on your fantasy team          before the other suckers realize what just happened.
      - Melky Cabrera - Looks like Cabrera will have a lot of slivers on the bench or will need a trade
      - Hideki Matsui - How quickly he has been fogotten with his injuries.   Probably will be a platoon machine but then bench will and him will become very intimate.

It's one thing to sign a whole bunch of free agents and another thing to not actually need all of them...  hopefully Cashman has some plans to get some value back for all these over the hill overpayed players who will find a lot of time on the bench.
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