Teixeira agrees to deal with Yanks


As first reported by Jon Heyman and confirmed by Buster Olney, the Yankees are finalizing a deal with first baseman Mark Teixeira on an eight year deal worth $180 million. The deal reportedly includes a full no-trade clause. There is no word on a possible opt-out.

This comes in on the heels of a confusing morning in which many sources thought Teixeira would sign with Boston today. Some questionable sources even said that the two parties had an agreement in principle. That doesn’t appear to have been true, though.

Categories : Hot Stove League


  1. Nady Nation says:

    I’m very aroused.


    I love how when you click “Click here for more” it’s 404′d.

  3. Ari says:


  4. Joey H says:

    How serious are we taking Heyman?

  5. Randy says:

    ESPN has just reported it as well. TEX!!!!!!

  6. TurnTwo says:


  7. DP says:

    Yes Kevin Millar!!! I’ve been waiting to Cowboy Up all these years!

  8. C.Panella says:

    8/180 the numbers

  9. Joey H says:

    Oh my god. Lol. I can’t believe it. I really had him with the Sox. Now the figures should be interesting.

  10. Mike Pop says:


  11. Jamal G. says:

    Jon Heyman on WFAN: “Tex signed for 8/180″.

  12. Balls Deep says:

    About time… high obp/.300 ave/30+ hr/great fielder… not with Sox! Though not “priceless” … pretty damn close !

  13. usty says:


  14. DoggonIt says:

    Holy crap! Insane. I love it.

  15. Mike Pop says:

    Christmas has come !

  16. Joey H says:

    If this is false. I picked the wrong time to quit smoking.

  17. DoggonIt says:

    Boom goes the dynamite!

  18. nick blasioli says:

    how exciting is this news…tex is a yankee…what a difference this makes …..

  19. Dimitri says:

    MErry X-Mas to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Mike Pop says:

    ESPN says it on bottomline… MY GOSH?!?!?!?!?

  21. jsbrendog says:

    wow, that escalated fast.

    cashman killed a guy with a trident

  22. Moshe Mandel says:

    Brian Cashman is in fact the devil. The Yankees and their profligate spending are the scourge of baseball, but dont count out the little engine that could from Boston. As AC/DC said, the Yankees are on the “highway to Hell.”

    / Gammons’d

  23. Mike Pop says:

    Lol fuck the Sox

  24. Zebidiah says:

    Great news! I see 100 wins this year.
    I wonder if the opt-out is after year 4 or year 5?

  25. BigBlueAL says:

    New 1B??? Tino has come out of retirement!!!!

  26. John NY says:

    8/180 is confirmed? Wow….yanks are gonna get slaughtered nationally for spending so much money in this economy.

    Who Cares though. We’re playing by the rules right?

    • Balls Deep says:

      Damn right; they are spending the $$ they have… and will be able to put some of next year’s cap $$ back into the stadium and not in the hands of Marlins/Rays/Royals… let’s see what happens to them now.

      Now it’s Pettitte or Lowe/Sheets

  27. Brian Cashman: … so, I know I’m kind of rambling here, but I guess what I’m saying is, Yeah, that’s the offer, and we think you’d do yourself and your family a good service by exploring it before you make your decision. So, what do you think?
    Mark Teixeira: Brian, you had me at “huge pile of money”.

  28. Larry says:


  29. Dominik says:

    ESPN News is confirming it with Olney standing behind it.

  30. Manimal says:

    WOW, I was taking a nap and my bro woke me up. I want to know the number amount.

  31. Mike Pop says:


  32. UNION YES. says:


  33. DP says:

    I just want to say, for all the people excited about Swisher (and rightfully so). He’s now on the bench/platooning. Think about that

    • Joey H says:

      Believe me, the tears are streaming………

      • Chip says:

        If we got Tex, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Nady trade. I think if Cashman can get something back better than 2 draft picks, he’ll probably take it. Maybe the Braves are in it at the deadline and feel like giving up one of their outfielders? We can only dream……..

        • Zebidiah says:

          Agree – Nady for one year @$6M can sell.

        • Ari says:

          Seems like they have to look to trade somebody. They just have too many guys making too much money for too few outfield spots. I guess they could put Damon in center, and play Nady and Swisher at the corners, but it seems to make more sense to sell high on Nady, or try and get some return on either Damon or Matsui by eating some of the money on their contract. Things should get interesting now.

    • Matt says:

      Or, you could put Swisher in right and have a Nady/Matsui DH platoon. I think that’s a much better move.

    • He’s now on the bench/platooning. Think about that.

      All of these scenarios are highly likely:
      1) We deal Nady to somebody in need of an outfielder (Reds?) for some youngsters; the OF is Damon-Gardner-Swish
      2) Matsui gets hurt or isn’t ready, and Damon moves to DH; the OF is Nady-Gardner-Swish
      3) Swish impresses defensively in the spring, and the OF is Damon-Swish-Nady

      • Matt says:

        I think 3 would be fine. I projected a lineup with Tex in my blog that had Damon in CF, Swisher in right, and Nady in left.

        To quote myself:

        “1. Damon CF
        2. Jeter SS
        3. Teixeira 1B
        4. Rodriguez 3B
        5. Posada C
        6. Swisher RF
        7. Matsui DH
        8. Nady LF
        9. Cano 2B

        This configuration would score 5.689 runs per game, a total of 921. Again, that could out do any defensive problems with Damon in center and would compliment what could be a dominant pitching staff.”

        Also, CHONE has Damon at -2 in CF for 2009 (Swisher projected for -3) and Swisher at +5 for the corner (Damon at +6) so I think an OF alignment of Nady (-5 corner)-Damon-Swisher would be alright—esp. with that lineup and pitching staff.

      • Mike Pop says:

        If you could get a deal centered around a young pitcher with the potential to be a 2 or 3 I would do it. But I dont think the Reds would do that because they are more than just Nady away from contending.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      He’s now on the bench/platooning

      Or he’s the starting CF.

    • The Scout says:

      Swisher who?

  34. Joey H says:

    No for the “best team money can buy” comments

  35. Dimitri says:

    COAL for the RED SOX FANS for X-MAS

  36. Jamal G. says:

    I am now a gay man for Brian Cashman.

  37. E-ROC says:


  38. Chip says:

    I really don’t think that this was the best move they could have made but if Tex is truly a Yankee, I hope he completely proves me wrong. In the end, I can’t be upset to see my team sign good players

  39. Infamous says:

    wowwwwwwww holy shit

  40. Mike A. says:

    Thankfully all the Manny silliness can stop now.

  41. Mike Pop says:

    He obviously hated the Red Sox

  42. Mike Pop says:

    Where will our payroll stand now ?

  43. pat says:

    mikwaukee and toronto congratulations on your 2nd and 3rd round picks.

    Getting first round picks for your premier Type A free agents: FAIL

  44. MrJigginz says:


  45. Reggie C. says:



    i can’t believe it. i wanna see it made official first.

  46. Carl says:

    So who gets traded, Matsui or Damon?

  47. John NY says:

    Just posted on MLBTRADERUMORS:

    Aside from the Red Sox, the Brewers and Blue Jays also lose here. Each team’s draft pick from the Yanks is pushed back one round – the Brewers get a second-rounder from them for C.C. Sabathia, the Jays get their third-round pick for A.J. Burnett.

  48. mustang says:


  49. daneptizl says:

    Does this mean no Pettitte.

  50. yanks99 says:

    good, now can we focus on manny and lowe?

  51. tommy reynolds says:

    i am ric flairing and ric flair chopping all over my room right now….. WOOOO! WOOOO! WWWWOOOO!!!!!

  52. DoggonIt says:

    Aside from the Red Sox, the Brewers and Blue Jays also lose here. Each team’s draft pick from the Yanks is pushed back one round – the Brewers get a second-rounder from them for C.C. Sabathia, the Jays get their third-round pick for A.J. Burnett.

  53. Chris says:

    Sounds like the same money the Sox were rumored to offer. Wonder what the difference maker was (assuming the contract length/$$$ rumors are correct)?

    Full no-trade? Opt out? Both?

    Wonder if this means they’ll still be interested in bringing Pettitte back?

    Looking forward to them having a real all-around 1B for the first time since Tino’s prime.

  54. Mike A. says:

    I have to go to the grocery store in the worst way. I’m going to boo Tex for his bad timing. Dick.

  55. Reggie C. says:


  56. Joey H says:

    Sox: God DAMN IT! Those mother fuckers did it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cashman: *Wink*

  57. Manimal says:

    alright, guys seriously. Don’t be too spoiled, I think this is the end of free agents. No “now on to _______(Manny,Abreu,Pettite,Lowe)” Yankees cant afford any more free agents. MAYBE they can get Cameron for center but highly doubtful.

  58. Barry says:

    And Boom goes the dynamite.

  59. SmittDogg says:

    Cashman is the tits baby! He just earned his HOF plaque. This offseason (besides the AJ money/length) has been masterful. The team is not only huge favorites this year, but should retain that title for the next 4-5 years minimum. CC and Tex? Both 28?

    It’s totally high noon on my sun-dial if you know what I mean.

  60. Mike Pop says:

    You think Pettitte might come back for cheaper now because he will want to win one more ?

  61. stewman23 says:

    somewhere Pete Abe is eating….umm, his words?

    • Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

      yeah, i can’t wait to see how he backpedals on this…he made his point weeks ago, and instead of just waiting it out, he belabored it by making it over and over again. sorry pete, the yanks will just maybe win a championship and you’ll have to write a (gasp) homage to Joe G. and his tactical capabilities. Of course, not before you write about how he’s on a big hook a thousand times.

  62. Jeff says:

    Haha I can’t wait for all the Red Sox fans to start bad mouthing the deal when they were on the verge of signing him. It’s hilarous…

  63. Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

    Just got a Christmas kitty for my kids. They will have to name her Teixeira, Sabathia, Cashwoman, something like that.

    The mind reels…Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod for an infield? HOLEE-SHITT.

    I think Bobby A. wants in at this point for $1.

  64. SmittDogg says:

    By the way, fuck boston right in their jealous cock targeted faces. I hope each one of them eats a big bag of dicks for christmas. You can hate me now, but I wont stop now

    • Dimitri says:

      SmittDogg says:
      December 23rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm

      By the way, fuck boston right in their jealous cock targeted faces. I hope each one of them eats a big bag of dicks for christmas. You can hate me now, but I wont stop now

      Couldnt have said it better myself

  65. Ryan S. says:


    I am quite pleased.

  66. Stryker says:

    so when do the yankees go bankrupt?

  67. Joey H says:

    “A”side from the Red Sox, the Brewers and Blue Jays also lose here. Each team’s draft pick from the Yanks is pushed back one round – the Brewers get a second-rounder from them for C.C. Sabathia, the Jays get their third-round pick for A.J. Burnett.
    ba! HAHAHA

  68. Pel says:

    I’d like to thank the good lord for making me a Yankee fan.

    Mostly because I get to open my Christmas presents early this year and witness the beautiful, beautiful sight of a bawwwston sourpuss.

  69. Cam says:

    We are so lucky to be Yankees fans

  70. Capital T says:

    I bet Cash said that in these hard times, the other teams are going to need those revenue sharing dollars. Bud, Blogovich You and your $26M

  71. Joe says:

    So much for a lower payroll? Thats what..another 30 million dollar check for taxes next year? Not to mention if we sign Andy again

  72. emac2 says:

    So, If Manny will sign a deal that only pays 13 mil the first year and we can trade Matsui, do we sign Manny now knowing that we will have the extra money to bump his salary next year when Damon comes off the book?

    It’s only a 4th round pick….

    World series in the first year of the park?

  73. Dimitri says:

    Someone should go check and see if Peter Gammons still has a pulse. He might have had a massive heart attack about 30 minutes ago when this was announced.

  74. TONY says:

    Mark Teixeira a Yankee – It is a proud day to be a Portuguese American.

  75. SmittDogg says:

    We should really all write a giant thank you card to Cashman from his RAB supporters for this. And while we’re at it, another thank you card to the “brilliant young mind” of Theo Epstein who master negotiated his way right out of this one.

  76. Ryan S. says:

    This is going to go down in history as the greatest off season ever for the Yankees (or any other team) since the beginning of free agency.

    • Jay CT says:

      I hate to say it, but that is not a very bold statement. The bold statement would be “this goes down as the worst off-season in baseball history.” I am all for the signing, I just don’t know how hard it is to say that they had a good offseason. Know what I mean?

  77. Jamal G. says:

    1. Johnny Damon – CF
    2. Derek Jeter – SS
    3. Mark Teixeira – 1B
    4. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
    5. Hideki Matsui – DH
    6. Jorge Posada – C
    7. Robinson Cano – 2B
    8. Xavier Nady – RF
    9. Nick Swisher – LF

    American League, prepared to be fucked.

    • TONY says:

      you wouldnt platoon the outfield – with gardner & melky as well?

      • Jamal G. says:

        Nah, the Melky-Gardner platoon in center field does not offer as much defense over Johnny Damon that make up for the offensive gap. Overall, the Yanks are better off with Damon in center field, and Swisher in left field.

        • Mike Pop says:

          Jamal dont forget

          Life is Good !

        • TONY says:

          This is going to be a fun season!!!

        • jsbrendog says:

          you have to platoon gardner with dmaon in CF or damon will not make it to the allstar break. tremember it was not his defense that pushed him to LF but his body
          ‘s inability to stay healthy covering that ground. he’s not 28 anymore. hell he’s not even 33 anymore

          as for melky, he is gone baby gone good bye na na na na dont let the doo r hit you in the ass on the way out.

        • Chip says:

          Between off-days for Tex, Matsui, Nady, Swisher and Damon’s days off, I doubt we see too much Damon in center. I mean you’d have these possibilities:

          LF Damon
          CF Gardner
          RF Nady
          1B Tex

          LF Swisher
          CF Gardner
          RF Nady
          1B Tex

          LF Damon
          CF Gardner
          RF Swisher
          1B Tex

          LF Damon
          CF Gardner
          RF Nady
          1B Swisher

          that also doesn’t accound for the DH slot. This is a very flexible lineup right now so I’d imagine Gardner or Melky still gets 400+ ABs

    • Brooklyn Ed says:


      so im guessing either Melky or Brett will be the 4th OFer?

    • Jamal G. says:

      Holy shit, the Yankees have three switch hitters (Teixeira, Posada and Swisher), three right-handed hitters (Jeter, ARod and Nady) and three left-handed hitters (Damon, Matsui and Cano). Sweet.

    • Manimal says:

      7/9 have been allstars, Just Swish and Nady werent at one point.

    • SmittDogg says:

      If it were just that line up with league average pitching they’d still win the division, but with the revamped rotation, the upside kids ready to jump in, and even a worst case bullpen with the hammer of god closing things out, they may be contending for records.

    • Jonny not the Damon says:

      With that offense, I think we can afford to let Damon play center most days. Runs, runs, runs. And serious OF depth, too for when the old guys break down.

      • Manimal says:

        seriously, Assists from the outfield is over rated. who said the ball gets in the outfield anyways :P

        • Jonny not the Damon says:

          With Tex’s defense, we don’t even *NEED* an outfield. He’ll just spear everything with his mad hopping skills and mystical flexibility.

  78. Zach says:

    So what now? Do we sign Manny still if we can?

    If we also get manny, I would think this would have to be considered the deepest MLB team ever assembled on paper.

    • Ryan S. says:

      Nope, need for ManRam anymore, and i was one of the guy’s biggest proponents on the board. But with Tex, its just not necessary. We’re already probably gonna end up with Swisher being a bench guy if we keep Damon in LF instead of CF.

      • Colombo says:

        I would rather put swish in right and nady on the bench…or see if anyone will give us something with value for him…

    • The Evil Dynasty says:

      I wanted Manny, but I am satisfied with Tex, in fact, I’m happier than i though i’d be.
      But I don’t think we need another bat, unless we let go of 2 OFs

    • Mike Pop says:

      Give me Pettitte and Im happy.

  79. Jonny not the Damon says:

    Stealing from the Sox? Obviously awesome.

    Stealing from the Nats? Surprisingly satisfying, as well.

  80. Joe says:

    While i’m elated that he got him now, is he really worth 170?

  81. Jon G says:


    There’s your protection for A-rod, with the gold glove D to boot (badly needed in our infield)!

    Now that’s gotta assure they leave CF to Gardner/Melky/Damon until AJAX is ready. At worst, Gardner is our speedy bench threat, and at best he can be a solid 9 hitter with good D and a decent bat. Not even really thinking about Melky…

  82. Moshe Mandel says:

    Anyone want to figure out the payroll including 10 million for Pettitte?

    • Joseph P. says:

      I’m going to update my table once the final figures come in for Teixeira.

    • Thomas says:

      C – Posada S 13.1 6
      1B – Teixeira S 22.5 (AAV) 3
      2B – Cano L 9 8
      SS – Jeter R 20 2
      3B – Rodriguez R 32 4
      RF – Nady R 6 7
      CF – Damon L 13 1
      LF – Swisher S 5.3 9
      DH – Matsui L 13 5

      1B – Miranda L .4
      C – Molina R 2
      IF – Ransom R .4
      OF – Gardner L .4

      SP Sabathia L 23
      SP Wang R 5
      SP Burnett R 16.5
      SP Pettitte L 10
      SP Chamberlain R .4

      Cl Rivera R 15
      Set Bruney R 1
      Set Marte L 4
      Set Veras R .4
      Set Ramirez R .4
      Set Albaladejo R .4
      Rel Giese R .4

      Brackman .3
      Igawa 4

      I got $217.9 million assuming these values and not including others on the 40 man and any buyouts.

  83. MS says:

    Great, I don’t care about money because it’s not mine and he fits perfectly for us. We sign Tex. and Boston doesn’t, plus we don’t have to sign Manny now. As great as he is, he is also an idiot.

    • Ryan S. says:

      anybody smell that? Smells like putrid beans and moldy chowder … oh wait …

      That’s the smell of the entirety of The RS Nation shitting itself.

  84. ceciguante says:




    * * *

    what a merry, merry christmas it will be! wow, i’m elated…….

  85. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Joe Girardi must be fucking happy right now. He now has soo many options to rotate the line up.

  86. Manimal says:

    Gerrit Cole approved he said hes “stoked”. I love talking to him haha

  87. The Evil Dynasty says:

    I want April to be tomorrow for christmas this year = P

  88. Jeff says:

    So i wonder if there is a plan to trade a damon or matsui to cut payroll? Or maybe Swisher can gain something since there was talk that the NL was very interested in this guy. That’s a 5 M savings there.

  89. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    So…Bernie got a hit last night, right?

  90. spiaget says:

    CC Sabathia $160 million
    AJ Burnett $85 million
    Mark Teixeira $180 million

    Swooping in at the last minute and taking Tex from the Red sox…………………………………..PRICELESS

    Perfect christmas gift!

  91. Jon W. says:

    I think Max Kellerman just wet himself

  92. C.Panella says:

    Ok well now let me pose this do you bat arod 3rd or tex 3rd?

  93. mike G. says:

    just for the record i got everything i wanted for christmas and chanaukah

    CC, Burnett, wang, petite, joba


    my favorite top of the line up

    wow. i should’ve asked santa for a pony!!
    (p.s. petite will re-sign)

  94. MattG says:

    I keep reading/hearing Swisher is a bench guy now. He’s not. He’s better offensively than Nady, and he’s better defensively than Nady. After Gardner, he might be the best OF on the roster (if you trust UZR ratings anyway)

  95. Elston32 says:

    Darn it! I was hoping for Manny DHing and Dunn in LF.

    Kidding aside – thanks Brian!

  96. deezer says:

    how long before we see the gammons column explaining to us how righteous theo and the small-market sox got screwed by the evil agent and greedy player?

  97. Jamal G. says:

    Not for nothing, but lets look at the defense:

    Catcher: Jorge Posada is a toss-up at this point, we’ll have to take a wait-and-see approach.
    First Base: Teh awesome!11!!!1!
    Second Base: When right, this guy is second only to Mark Ellis in terms of defense at second base in the American League.
    Short Stop: Yeah, we know…
    Third Base: Basically average.
    Left Field: Slighty above average with Nick Swisher playing left field.
    Center Field: Not an ideal choice if it’s Johnny Damon, but hey, if he produces alongside his 2007 levels, we’ll all shut the fuck up and be happy.
    Right Field: As bout as average as you get with Xavier Nady in this spot.

    I like it!

    • Ryan S. says:

      In the context of our awesome lineup and pitching staff, it is TOTALLY acceptable. Its not going to cost us many games when the rest of the team is so fucking strong. Keep in mind we might do Damon in LF which would lead to above average play in both LF and CF.

    • MattG says:

      I think Cano supposedly sucks. It may just be lack of effort.

    • jsbrendog says:

      gardner or swisher will HAVE to take time from damon in cf because damon;’s body cant handle it full time. and he is NECESSARY to the top of this order.

  98. Yankeegirl49 says:

    Merry Christmas fellow Yankee fans!

    I want to thank the good lord for making me a Yankee fan!!!

    Gotta love the potential of what this team can do.

  99. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Mo move over. Cash is god.

  100. Quatro Jones says:

    Assuming Teix gets $20m for 2009, the payroll stands at 199 mil. If they sign Andy for $10m then theyre back to last years payroll but not over it.

  101. Merry Teixmas to all and to all a good night!

  102. Barry says:

    Swisher in Center?

  103. Curramba says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smart move:)

  104. Infamous says:

    I’m curious of how this went down.

    You think Tex pulled a Beltran and approached the Yankees or do you think we were pursuing him the whole time?

  105. robo says:

    i hope there is one more move coming…like matsui to the mariners or something. because i dont want damon in cf. and this is assuming posada can even catch everyday.

    right now the lineup is something like:

    cf damon
    ss jeter
    1b tex
    3b arod
    c posada
    dh matsui
    rf nady
    2b cano
    lf swisher

  106. Jeff says:

    I can’t see them standing pat with the money on the table. i wonder if there’s been some rumbling with other GMs to trade someone…

    • Ryan S. says:

      Even if they don’t have any plans right now, they have all of the 2009 portion of the offseason to move some moves if need be

  107. Brett says:

    what a great offseason

  108. John NY says:

    Great report from Madden:

    Bill Madden says Teixeira told the Yankees he preferred them all along, after the Angels and Red Sox backed off. Ha….RED SUX Nation !

  109. Dodo says:

    Good news, lame post.

  110. Mike Pop says:

    Honestly I think your gonna see this help Cano’s discipline at the plate. The Angel’s hitting coach said that he helped Aybar and some of the other young kids in LA when he was there.

  111. Colombo says:

    cashman is teh suxor!!1!!!1!

    we should trade matsui for lincecum now, bc everyone knows the giants need a bat in left field!!1!!!

    in all seriousness though, brian cashman is my new santa claus, bc he got me everything i wanted for christmas, and he even delivered it all early…

  112. E-ROC says:

    Bill Madden says Teixeira told the Yankees he preferred them all along, after the Angels and Red Sox backed off. Ha.


  113. Mike Pop says:

    Bill MAdden says Teix told Cash he wanted to come here. Fact or fiction ?

  114. Phil McCracken says:

    I can’t stand Cashman, but I have to give him credit.

    He went after the ace we needed this off season in Sabathia.

    And he fixed the offense by putting another big bat in the lineup to replace Abreu/Giambi.

    You’ve had some bad off seasons Cash, but this one I give you high marks for.

  115. Jeff says:

    You cant trade Matsui for lincecum… That will never happen. I’m talking realistic..

  116. Jeff says:

    how do signing bonuses work in MLB? Are they like the NFL and prorated over the life of the contract?

  117. Lancer says:

    Haha! so much for my bud telling me about the source quoted on WEEI… they had it all wrong!

    I still can’t believe this just happened…. WOW!!!!

  118. Mike Pop says:

    Lol, Stephen A Smith is saying Yanks NEED to sign Manny on “The Hot List”. Hes like you didnt halfstep with these 3 and you cant with Manny either.

  119. RustyJohn says:

    Damn, for some reason I didn’t check RAB or MLB Trade rumors this morning- just found out about this and I am so giddy I have an erection and am cancelling all client calls while I dance like a little bitch.

  120. The Evil Dynasty says:

    Stephen A. Smith says “If you spent 400M, what’s wrong with another 90″ He says we already broke the bank and should go after Manny as well.
    Lets vote: Go for Manny?

    Mine – Yes

  121. Ryan S. says:

    I can’t wait to hear all the bullshit spewed by The Red Sox about what a dumb move this was. The Yankee hatred this year is going to be enormous, I am really looking forward to it.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Like CRAZY hatred, ridiculous hatred

      • ceciguante says:

        the best kind of red sox sentiment:

        irrational, hypocritical hatred.

        eat it, boston.

      • Ryan S. says:

        Yes, ridiculous. I can’t wait for the venom to spew forth.

      • Thomas says:

        The best part is they can’t even make the cancer argument, like they would if we got Manny. I bet we’ll see a lot of Teixeira was a luxury and we really never needed/wanted him or we were just in it to drive up the price, type bullshit.

        • Ryan S. says:

          I dunno … every Red Sox fan out there was salivating for him when it seemed like a deal was imminent. They got teased so much, even after that, with claims they were the front runners. I’d say 99% of the fan base is pissed off or very depressed right now. But hey! They have Pedroia for 6 more years, yay for them!

          • Thomas says:

            What I wrote is what Sox fans will tell Yankees fans, of course they’ll actually be pissed. Sox fans will go from “TEX IS TEH BESTEST1!!1″ to “WE NEVERN NEED;D HIM; TEX AINT THAT GOODO!!12!”

  122. Bogie says:

    I just thank the good Lord that the Steinbrenners didn’t invest their cash with Bernie Madoff!

  123. Mike Pop says:

    Sherman says in his article we are going to move somebody.

  124. Ryan S. says:

    “They played a great game of chess”

    - Buster Olney

    Wow. We’re actually getting props from Buster Olney … that is really fucking hard to do.

  125. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, Steve Berthiamue is PMS’ing all over the ESPN News stage; what a little bitch that guy is.

  126. Brian Cashman says:

    Hal and I are planning to tell Hank all about this after Christmas, so expect his reaction sometime around New Years.

    And thanks to you who suggested Whitey Ford to be the 5th starter, I’ve engaged in preliminary talks with him and he seems very open to a shorter deal with a higher AAV because of the Tex signing.

    I’m thinking 3/90 or so. Hal really hit bank at the Winter Meetings.

  127. E-ROC says:

    Joel Sherman thinks the Yanks will trade one of the outfielders

  128. Bobby G says:

    I think I orgasmed when i heard this!!!!!

  129. Jeff says:

    Sherman says the yankees will now try to move one of Damon, Matsui, Nady, or Swisher…

    • RustyJohn says:

      One would think Matsui- they need a lead off hitter, Swisher gives them fleixibility and is low cost and nady can play the outfield unlike Matsui.

    • Old Ranger says:

      Matsui is going to stay, the guy hits lefty’s/rights as well and is a very good (so called) clutch hitter. They may trade Johnny or Nady even Melky, Jeter and Brett can lead off. Don’t get your shorts in a bunch, Brett has been lead-off hitter most of his life.

  130. Jeff says:

    so i guess this now means Montero will be the future catcher

    • Thomas says:

      Montero is at least 3 years away, his position placement and future performance are not a priority or sure thing. A lot could happen, such as he could end up failing as a hitter (God forbid).

  131. Mike Pop says:

    I hope we dont trade Swisher. X or Matsui

  132. Brad says:

    Does this mean the Red Sox sign Manny back??

  133. Timmy says:

    I just had to see what the Red Sox fans were saying, some of them are calling us the evil empire and some are just being sore losers saying they never even wanted him. Priceless.

  134. Jeff says:

    My pick is Matsui or Swisher. I like Nady and his potential.

  135. E-ROC says:

    Robo-Ken says the Yanks have interest in Milton Bradley. It was a feint mention of the Yanks.

  136. ko says:

    I’m pleased

  137. Mike Pop says:

    What are the odds that the MVP comes from the Yankees next season ?

  138. Jeff says:

    I find no point in the fact we have the four largest contracts. The largest we never gave out. That was Texas with A-Rod’s 2001 10 year, $252M contract. not to mention Boston’s record 8 Yr. 160M contract for manny in 2000. We only gave out a 6 year 88.5M contract back then to Moose. Plus we haven’t been players the past too offseasons letting the big guys go else where (Beltran, Zito, etc.). Its funny how cuz its NY its the end of the world.

  139. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    Forgive me if someone hit this point already, I’m not reading through 300+ comments…

    This is what you get when you bitch and moan about the Yankees, Doug Melvin. You get a second round pick as compensation for losing CC Sabathia. And you get fork-stabbed.

  140. Arin says:

    I haven’t heard mention of an opt-out clause. Any word?

  141. Jeff says:

    no opt-out he’s ours for 8 years

  142. Arin says:

    Thanks, I have been following MLBTR all day. I don’t know how I missed that.

  143. Jeff says:

    Tex supposedly always wanted to be a yankee and thus there was no need for the opt-out to lure him

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      Guys: Please, please, please use the “reply to comment” link in the bottom-right corner of each comment box. Don’t mean to be a dick, it just makes it easier for everyone reading and commenting when people use the “reply” link(s).

    • Mike Pop says:

      He will be a great one.

    • Kyle D. says:

      Can we sign Sheets too? Just so he gets a 4th round pick instead of a 1st for him?

  144. Jeff says:

    espn projected lineup:
    LF Johnny Damon
    SS Derek Jeter
    1B Mark Teixeira
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    DH Hideki Matsui
    RF Xavier Nady
    C Jorge Posada
    2B Robinson Cano
    CF Melky Cabrera


  145. mustang says:

    How do the Yankees answer a 26.9 million dollar luxury tax bill?
    By signing Tex to 8/ 180.

    If that’s not saying fuck you to Bud and MLB I don’t know what is.

  146. [...] « Teixeira agrees to deal with Yanks 23 12 2008 [...]

  147. X-Man(Angel) says:

    Trade Matsui

  148. Jeff says:

    I think Melky is a better option in there cuz he’s better in Centerfield. He’s got the arm and the wheels for it. Swisher is a power hitter, but I’d rather see melky, more patient and better contact, in there.

    Maybe we can trade Swisher as a consolation prize to the Sox?

    • Kyle D. says:

      Please use the reply to comment button so you don’t get isolated posts like yours.

    • Kyle D. says:

      Umm… what are you talking about with Melky a more patient hitter than Swisher? Swisher walks far more than Melky and sees a high amount of pitchers per at bat. Swishers a better hitter than Melky in every conceivable way.

      • Jeff says:

        Melky has been working on plate discipline in winter ball. granted its not MLB action, but its something he’s developing at a young age (i believe 22).

        • Kyle D. says:

          “Developing” doesn’t touch Swishers ability at the plate. Swisher led the MLB in P/PA with 4.53. Melky had 3.66. Sorry.

          Melky is 24 and has shown regression since his rookie season. No reason to think he magically puts it together.

        • Kay Sturns says:

          i can buy melk improving his plate discipline, but Swisher has a ~100 isob. Melky is not touching that.

  149. TJ says:

    I told you guys the other day Tex had no use for Boston. All some of you did was make derogatory comments.
    Goes all the way back to his draft out of HS.
    Okay….get it now?

  150. Jeff says:

    I won’t give up on Melky. Sophmore slump. he’ll turn it around this year

  151. mustang says:

    A perfect day:

    1- Signing the best defensive 1st baseman since Donnie with a bat to match.
    2- Listening to ESPN come up with every line possible to hate the Yankees for this.
    3- Saying fuck you to Boston, MLB and Bud all in one move.
    4- Not having Manny in pinstripes and then having the Angles GM saying that he will never be a Angel. (You said there is no justice in the world)

    I love Christmas.

  152. JeffG says:

    THIS IS NO DOUBT THE BEST OFF SEASON OF MY LIFE… CASH SIGNED EVERY PLAYER I WANTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I must say, the way he went about dealing with Boras and signing Tex very smooth. I’ve been disappointed in the past but just gotta love him right now. HELL YES! Eat the big one BoSox!

  153. Alan says:

    I just about fainted when I turned on Firefox to ESPN to see “Teixeira signs with Yankees.”


  154. mustang says:

    I know George is having more bad days then good days lately, but I would think that today he has a smile on his face. And he is probably thinking those are my boys doing that.

  155. mustang says:

    Wow. How can ESPN call themselves a unbiased network. The Yankees hate machine is on full force.

    ESPN-” They spend 423 million on 3 players… they look great just on paper…… if they don’t make the playoffs….”


    I love it.

  156. emac2 says:

    If you look at the yearly salary for CC, Tex and Burnett you end up with about the same as we paid Giambi, Abreu and Mussina last year.

  157. ceciguante says:

    i’m enjoying so many aspects of this. one is that the red sox lineup had the makings of being nasty. now it’s simply inferior to the yanks’ lineup.


  158. Brian Ewart says:

    OMG! Psyched!

    No Manny after this, I hope!

  159. Mike says:

    No way there’s Manny. It’s now down to Pettitte or elsewhere for number 5. I say Mark Melancon slots in as the 8th lockdown.

    My biggest question… What number will he wear? He grew up as a Mattingly fan, but obviously 23 is gone. Cano has 24, will he just slip into, and fill out much better, Giambi’s shoes – 25? I’m pretty sure he was rocking that number for the Angels.

    Also, I know its early, but Rich Harden (given another healthy year) for 09?

    CC, AJ, Wang, Joba, Harden?


  160. Kidwithanopinion says:

    There is a santa!!!!!!!!!!!

  161. [...] Red Sox and, to a lesser extent, the Angels must be reeling a bit. The Yankees just swooped in and captured the big offensive prize of 2008 a few weeks after signing two of the top pitchers out there as [...]

  162. [...] last week because of the holiday, so let’s make it up today. The Yanks made a nice little under-the-radar signing last week, so I’m sure we’ll find stuff to talk about. Let’s get it started at [...]

  163. [...] Mike and I are back this week a bit earlier than our normal Thursday spot. As you know, there was a major deal last week in which the Yankees acquired a top-tier first baseman. Mark Teixeira is now in the fold for eight [...]

  164. [...] After a morning of constantly refreshing Jon Heyman’s blog, I finally saw the news: the Yanks had signed Teixeira. As we later learned, not only did the dollars entice the first baseman, but so did the Yankees [...]

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