Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Yankees Introduce Teixeira, Say Goodbye to Pettitte?

Today the Yankees introduced Mark Teixeira, and he recounted a conversation he had with his wife about how he decided on the Yankees:
"I'd been asking her for weeks and weeks, Where do you want to go? Where do you want me to play?" he related. "And she said, 'I want you to be happy. I just want you to be happy.' And finally, she said, 'I want you to be a Yankee.' So that's when it was done. And once we got the contract figured out, it was a no-brainer.
Teixeira, who's childhood favorite player was Don Mattingly, seemed genuinely excited to be part of the Yankee franchise and be the first 1st baseman to play at the new Yankee Stadium. It cost the Yankees a lot of money, but Teixeira can hit for both power and average and is an excellent fielder. The Yankees offense was very disappointing last year, I don't expect that this year.

Check out the press conference below if you missed it. The message from management is pretty clear: they want to win every single year and will do whatever it takes.

At the same time there was some sad news in Yankeeland, Andy Pettitte declined the Yankees' 1-year $10 million offer. I was sad to see this happen considering all Andy has meant to the Yankees, but you can't blame the Yankees because Pettitte didn't pitch that well last year (14-14 W-L, 4.54 ERA, 158 Ks) and faded down the stretch. Considering Pettitte is typically much better in the second half of the season, this was a very bad sign. I think the Yankees will be looking for additional starting pitching and my guess is it will start with Ben Sheets. His injuries are scary, but when healthy he is an elite pitcher. The market is pretty quiet, so I don't think the Yankees will have to overpay.


Ray said...

Teixeira is going to be awesome. I'll miss Andy, but Sheets wouldn't be too bad!

Lisa said...

Andy is on the downside of his career, but we do need to get younger so if 10 mil isn't enough, good luck getting it elsewhere.

Matt said...

Tex is the truth. As long as the economics of baseball remain the same, the yankees might as well spend, and this is money well spent. One of the best two defensive first basemen in the game and a legit .300/30-40/120 guy.

This lineup will keep opposing pitchers up at night - imagine if somehow they could sign Ramirez.