Teixeira’s Statistics

Some additional numbers to fully convey to Yankees fans just who and what the Yanks acquired in Mark Teixeira:

.290 AVG/.378 OBP/.541 SLG

203 HR, 676 RBI, 566 Runs, 442 BB, 694 K’s.

In his six seasons, Teixeira has averaged about 24 homers, 113 RBI, and 74 BB.  Only in his first year, 2003 (84), did he not drive in 100 runs.  While on average he strikes out about 116 times a year, for a power hitter with a good average, that’s more than acceptable.  Also, last year was the first year he didn’t fan 100 times (97).  As a right-handed hitter, his average is .281, .371 OBP, and .541 SLG, with 151 homers.  As a lefty, Teixeira has a higher career average, .309, and OBP, .393, with an identical SLG of .541 and 52 homers.  Death Valley might cut down on his righty power a little, but the short porches in right and dead left field certainly loom promisingly for him.  His patience is also good enough to replace Giambi and Abreu, who walked 76 and 73 times last year, respectively–historically low walk numbers for each, granted, but still good numbers.  Teixeira, meanwhile, walked 97 times last season. This of course is not to mention Teixeira’s replacing their offensive productivity.  He’ll be a mainstay in the three hole for years to come, and should thrive in that lineup.  Damon, Jeter, Teixeira, and A-Rod at #1-4 sounds very, very good.

His defense is excellent, committing only 31 errors at first for a fielding percentage of .996.  He’s won two Gold Glove awards, 2005 and 2006.  As Tim the Wizard aptly pointed out in the comments on a previous post about Wang, his defense should ably assist the sinker specialist Wang, and Pettite should he re-sign, as well as help solidify the rest of the defense.

That he is turning 29 next April is also most welcome, making the team better and younger at once.  He’s only a few months older than Tino when the Yankees acquired him before the 1996 World Series championship season.

Teixeira is a great signing by any estimation.

[Edit: Be sure to check out this excellent piece by Jane Heller (“Confessions of a She-Fan“) over at “Bats,” Tyler Kepner’s New York Times baseball blog, discussing the Yankees’ moves and fan reactions.]

Published in: on December 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm  Comments (10)  

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  1. i’m trying to savor every moment of the coverage–the jealous animus towards the yanks on ESPN is hilarious. steve phillips actually said the yankees we’re “almost ” par with the sox and the rays now… and he said it with a straight face!

  2. More and more, Phillips reveals himself to be a colossal fool. Sorry, the rest of the division is playing catch-up. I wonder how much this ratchets up the pressure on the Rays to grab a power bat such as Ramirez or Giambi. Boston and their fans must be beside themselves. They’re certainly no slouches, but this hurts them most of all.

    Phillips can say what he wants–the rest of the division and league are playing catch-up with the Yankees now and will be on the field in 2009.

  3. Well, it looks like the Yanks have found the cure for third place. The rivalry’s back on and the Empire is bleeding superstars. Of course, you could argue that this is less team and more fantasy lineup, and that doesn’t necessarily lead to championships (see New York Yankees, 2001-2008).


    This is one scary team now with Teixeira aboard. Looking forward to a return to the excitement of 2003-2004 (minus the Rays, I hope).

    Jason, your team is many things, but complacent is surely not one of them. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  4. It’s possible that this team won’t win World Series, Steve, but signing Sabathia, Burnett, and Teixeira filled big holes that simply wouldn’t have occurred adequately from within the organization. What I like is that these three are not players about whom much is said about being problem players or people in the clubhouse–which Ramirez (whose signing I was and am dead-set against) is and would be. This does intensify the rivalry without question.

    Many thanks for the Holidays well wishes Steve, and many returns to you and your family and friends.

  5. Im so happy with this deal I dont even know what to say I really dont. I now think we should look to trading Nady we have too many corner outfielders now. I have Swisher in RF with JD in LF and Gardner in center. Nady is coming of a career year he is cheap hes never goner have higher trade value. Back to Gardner I would have him as the CF now we have Teix. Gardner can hit around 270, hes very patient, great defence, he is a base stealer which we dont have yeah Alex and JD can steal a few but thats it.

  6. Same here, Nick. Same here. It’s just an embarrassment of riches the Yankees have hauled in this off-season. Trading Nady would be an interesting call. Swisher has a pretty decent arm, but I have some concerns about his bat, especially his average. He’ll hit for power, I’m certain. It’s a good point about Nady’s trade value, which is certainly more than Matsui’s. But I wonder if the Yanks will work out a one-year deal via arbitration for Nady, seeing him as possibly expendable after next season after keeping him for a play-for-the-contract season this year.

    I’d love to see Gardner win the CF job out of Spring Training. I too am keen on him because he does so much to diversify the Yanks’ offense with his speed.

    Huge signing. Huge. I’m still a bit dumbfounded myself.

    Before I forget, Mike, I just saw the video clip of the conversation between Brian Kenny, Olney, and Phillips on ESPN over at Sliding Into Home, and Olney seconded Phillips’s evaluation of the Yankees’ being even with the Rays and Red Sox. Sorry, I don’t. I think the Rays, even with the addition of the excellent Price, will be hard-pressed to duplicate their stellar 2008 pitching performances, especially in the bullpen.

  7. nick what are you doing up at 3 am?

    jason–poor brian kenny-the only yankee fan on ESPN

  8. Thanks for the shout out for the NY Times piece, Jason. I’m glad I missed Steve Phillips on ESPN judging by the comments. I don’t want anybody raining on my parade today!

  9. I think one of the reason the Rays did so well last season is taking out Longaria, Crawford for a few weeks at the end of the season they didnt really have many injures. It was there great pitching that did so well you look at the Sox, Yankees there rotations were decimated with injures. I know I sound an idiot trying to put the Rays down they are such a great team but if Big Papi, A-Rod, Matsui, Posada, Beckett, Wang, Dice-K, Joba and so many more didn’t get injured would the Rays have won the AL east. Next year I don’t think the Rays will be so lucky with injures.

    Jason I mention about trading Nady but this morning I go over to Pete Abe’s blog and see him writing about trading an outfielder. “They gave up a top prospect to get Nady, so parting with him would be difficult. That could make Matsui and Swisher the best candidates” some one please tell me how a Mastui(34 of a big injury) and Swisher (we just traded for him and on good contract) would easier to trade then Nady(cheap contract and career year). I struggle with Pete Abe sometimes hes spent the last 2 months going on about how the Yanks dont need, not going after, getting annoyed at fans on his blog that the Yanks are not signing Teix or Manny.

    I was up I talking to my mate in the Army he text me to go on chat.

  10. You’re welcome, Jane. It was a very good read. I’m still somewhat abuzz about the signing, to be honest. It was hard to ruin my mood yesterday–or today for that matter, with Christmas also looming.

    I think you make a good point about the injuries, Nick, which luckily for the Rays avoided them last year. Staying injury-free for a couple years straight isn’t easy. I made a similar point about the Rays but in a different way, Nick. My point was that they’ll be hard-pressed getting similarly amazing, above-and-beyond career performances from relievers such as Balfour, Howell, and Wheeler. It’s possible but not likely and, if they have a combined ERA of a run higher than last year, that’s probably a few more losses in the kitty.

    I’m not sure that Abraham was saying that finding a trading partner for Nady would be more difficult than finding one for Matsui, but rather that it would be more difficult for the Yankees to part with a player for whom they dealt a good, if flaky, prospect in Tabata. I haven’t seen anything he’s seen in the comments section, but he’s spent a lot of time criticizing a potential Ramirez deal. My sense is that he felt the Yankees would pursue Ramirez after Teixeira landed somewhere, but shouldn’t based on his demeanor. I admit I might have missed something he said in favor of signing Ramirez.

    BTW, Nick, you posted the 7,500th comment here at The Heartland, WordPress version. Congratulations! You win the virtual washer and dryer, plus a free tour of the blog.

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