Hat tip to the CanadianYank
On the heels of ARod’s self-destruction, we now have Mark Teixeira declaring outright that he will be a non-performer moving forward.
“I looked at the first six or seven years of my career, I was in my 20s, it was easy. I wasn’t searching for the right formula. To think that I’m going to get remarkably better, as I get older and breaking down a little bit more, it’s not going to happen,” Teixeira said.
That makes sense. It’s the way it’s supposed to work: The years affect us all, and that is starkest for those who age in front of our eyes. But in baseball, where every player arrives at spring training having found the panacea that will make this the best year of their career, to hear a star player acknowledge the obvious sounds downright alien.
“Maybe I’m slowing down a tick. Look, I’m not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don’t want to say declining, but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 [homers] and 100 [RBI],” Teixeira said.
“This is my 11th year,” Teixeira said. “I’m not going to play 10 more years. I want 5 or 6 good ones. So that would say I’m on the backside of my career. And instead of trying to do things differently on the backside of my career, why not focus on the things I do well, and try to be very good at that?”
Yeah, by all means, try.
But wait, there’s more:
“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am,” Teixeira said. “We all are.”
“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it,” he continued. “You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”
Oh, OK. So it’s a union thing. Tex gets paid for all the Mike Trout’s who potentially don’t, and as such, contracts are valued backwards and applied to average union production. Which implies the question, then how do you determine who gets the lion share looking forward? And, does $20 million per annum cover the replacement cost of an excellent-fielding first baseman plus a lefty/righty DH platoon that will put 30 balls over the wall? Of course it does, with money left over to boot. Never mind plenty of player turnover year after year to bring in fresh faces and healthy legs. But we can’t have cheap labor, can we? Reality dictates that Scott Boras, evil genius and the Jimmy Hoffa of baseball, must be paid at all costs, regardless of any logical value tradeoff.
Once more, this completes the controlled (?) implosion of middle-of-the-lineup power, of which the Yanks now threaten nothing. It looks like once again, the Blue Jays and their exploitation of lax Canadian drug enforcement will top the power charts in the AL East.