Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mark Teixeira: 'I know I am overpaid'

 
Baseball players have been on the receiving end of some gaudy contracts recently. In fact, salaries have shot up across the board dramatically in the last decade alone. One of the players who has benefited in a tremendous way financially is New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira inked a massive eight-year, $180 million free agent deal with the Yankees in January 2009. He earned approximately $22.5 million in base salary last season and is due to earn the same amount in each of the next four seasons.

The 32-year-old hasn't exactly performed up to expectations since being rewarded to the big sum of cash, which has many fans complaining about his true value. The 10-year MLB veteran addressed those complaints in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal:

"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."

Since arriving in New York, Teixeira has seen his average decline steadily. He posted a respectable .292 mark in 2009, but dropped to .256 in 2010, and .248 in 2011. His on-base percentage has fallen more than 50 points since the '09 campaign; a year in which he finished second in the American League MVP voting.

In 2012, the Maryland native set or tied career lows in homers (24), RBI (84), slugging (.475), runs scored (66) and OPS (.807). Given his age, Teixeira seems to realize that he may be entering the decline of his career.

"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.

Regardless of how he performs, the Pinstripes are still on the hook for $90 million for his services.

45 comments:

  1. got to love it.... Thanks for all you did for the Texas Rangers TEX... and soooo glad you are not on our team.

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    1. not to worry..your not going to win a world series anytime soon and we have 27 of them

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    2. I can't believe some people are STUPID enough to be soooo proud of 27 WS wins. A lot of them are ancient history. If my team was around for 2000 years they would have won a few too. Who is the heck cares about the WS wins of Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and the like. I only care about the current times. People are IDIOTS to be proud of 27 WS wins.

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    3. are you cracked out man im a red sox fan and still respect the fact that the yankees have 27 world series wins even the ancient ones with 3 of the greatest players to ever play the game.

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    4. CARDINALS BABY!! KEEP YOUR HUGE CONTRACTS...WE WIN!!!

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    5. The Yankees have won five of those 27 in the last 17 years. The last in 2009. Every team in the league would sign up for that success rate. And I am a Mets Fan.

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    6. Ur the idiot for making that comment and obviously not a Yankees fan.....put ANY team in MLB up against the Yanks from the time that team came in the league n the Yanks have won more WS than them...don't hate b/c ur team's not great....

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    7. you do not appreciate baseball if 27 world series wins is not impressive! by your idiotic thinking i could only assume you belive the MVP and Cy Young awards mean nothing! don't speak on something you have not a clue about!

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    8. This Braves fan is glad he’s gone. He left Atlanta with the clear understanding that he would play for whoever paid him the most. Money was his loyalty, not the team or the game.

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    9. Braves fans should regret ever trading for him lol. look at what you gave up for half a season of ****!

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    10. You seem to forget that Teixiera was hellbent on free agency, because he wanted all the money he could get and the Yankees were dumb enough to think a one-season sensation would continue.
      Teixiera has admitted to being overpaid. Has he given any of that money back to the boss? Has he given any of it to the poor?

      Until he does, he's just flapping his gums!!

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  2. Oh stop it. Try some hard work during the winter and just hit the ball. We are not talking rocket science.

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    1. Are you kidding? Have you ever tried to hit anything other than a fastball? I played in the minors for 4 years before an injury. This is more than just a game. I had to train for 12 months a year, 24 hours a day (exercise, hitting, fielding, dieting, proper sleep, etc). Now I go to work for 8 hours, come home and eat a cheeseburger, and watch tv.

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  3. your defense make up for it go tex go

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  4. Don't worry Tex, you're gonna have LOT'S of company in the "fall-off" dept this season.

    HGH testing is gonna make a bunch of .280 hitters become .230 hitters . . .

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  5. Gotta love the PED era

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  6. Yep Declining or increasing numbers means they took PEDs, unfortunately from now until eternity that's what declining or increasing numbers will mean to some arrogant people. It couldn't be old age or hard work as far as baseball is concerned, could it? Of course not too many baseball fans are jaded.

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  7. No, declining numbers can just mean they are getting old!

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  8. todays baseball players wouldn't hold a candle to players in the 50's,that was real baseball because they were getting next nothing and they loved the game..today it is just a business.
    they cut the mound down and brought in the fences so the players of today can score runs
    i still love baseball and see as many games locally as i can

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    1. I agree. Let's not forget Stan Musial's 1962 season. He struck out more times that year than any other season in his career... a total of 46 times. And he hit .330 that year. And he was 41. People today will strike out 46 times in a little over a month and end with a .204 BA.. and they're hailed as being good??? (Adam Dunn anyone?) Give me the days where people treated the game with respect and played each game to win and not just to protect themselves for the future or to make themselves look good.

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    2. But how many pitchers back then threw 97 with movement along with some nasty breaking balls? I'd like to see if Babe Ruth could do anything with Justin Verlander or Strasburg. I bet Stan Musial would have struck out over 100 times a year if he were facing the likes of those guys.

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    3. Really? You never heard of guys like Feller, Roberts, Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson, Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, etc? You think there weren't nasty pitchers in that era? They only came along when you started following baseball? Please...

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  9. ....Only Teixeira is overpaid??? I can think of a few more that fit that mold. But then again, that's been the Yank's business model for a long time. "Pay more than they're worth." Others teams do it too, but when you have the highest payroll in baseball, you can outspend half the teams combined. This turn into "If you don't win the WS every year, you've failed. If you do win it every year, no one will care." Remember: landing on the moon was routine after 2 landings.. how many WS does it take to become routine?

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  10. saleries should be paid after the season according to performance.
    with a min salary being rasied, so all the players can benefit and we wont have guys making crazy dollars for nothing!

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    1. No sorry but if the owner is willing (stupid) to give out that hiand long a contract n all the power to the player for cashing the checks. Maybe if bud left baseball ten tears ago then this madness wouldn't be here. But bud never grew a pair to stand up to union. Even red sox fans have smarten up and their sell out streak ended. It's the fans that paid for it. Growing up near Boston I use to go to 40-50 games a year. The Yawkeys owned the team and ran it for the love of thegame not like the money hunger people of today. And don't even get me started on the leeches agents. It is nice to see a team like Tampa Bay field a team the right way by drafting and devoloping players. Not stealing away other teams best players like the evilemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmres do. Thanks Tex for bg honest and spend Hal's money well.

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  11. All Tex was saying was that baseball players - as a whole - are over payed. Give the guy a little credit for standing up and speaking out. He'll probably get thrown at a few times next season. Let's face it, if nothing else, baseball players are smart. They know when to turn it on. That's right, in the last year of their contract. Jose' Reyes? A. J. Burnett? Tex was right abut the value aspect as well; to a degree. Trout was an incredible value for the Angels last year. The Rays had that kind of value in Longoria when he first came as well. He can still have that same value if he could keep from missing half the season on the DL. On the other hand, if considering performance vs. salary, Arod is almost valueless. The exception to this, I think, is Jeter. Yes, Jeter makes much more that his stats would dictate, but what can't be overestimated is his ability - simply by virtue of his prescence - to bring fans into the stadium. (Not just Yankee, but, any stadium) And in the end, isn't that really what the owners are looking for?

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  12. you are over paid. So why don't you give up part of your salary

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  13. anybody making more than $500,000 is overpaid, bottom line

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  14. Man, this anonymous guy sure is a troll.

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  15. Guys don't you think that if they're paid this amount of money it's because the business and owner's can afford it? Business is business no matter what or where it is.......if people are willing to pay for a product no matter what the cost then the owners will continue to pay these outrageous salaries and still have millions left in their pockets after doing so. In the end we are the consumers and if we stop paying the high ticket prices + the hot dogs and hamburgers at almost $20 then that would snowball down to the sponsors and television stations not paying as much to MLB........but until then nothing will change

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    1. at least he is honest. what is sad is the tax payer actually subsidizes the payrolls off all teams. And jock sniffers love their team and are faithful. Yet their favorite player is apt to leave for a few dollars more . or if has a good year, wants to renegotiate. but never if a bad year(Rodriquez )

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  16. It seems the people most jealous of the yanks are the ones whining about 27 wins don't mean much. Um they weren't the only team playing in those "old days" how about red sox, phillies, cubs, o's a's etc.. Red sox were around before the yankees. You can't possibly believe 27 ws mean nothing. I bet if it were your team you'd be bragging everyone else sucks.

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  17. Baseball is a boring sport slightly above NASCAR and curling. The game is too defensive, and when you can pay to get the best the idea of team equality is laughable and gets slumped down the drain.

    Then there's the asterisks we put on everybody that's entered the Hall of Fame in the last two decades.. but heh, that's what some people want in a sport. Current baseball fans that say they're about the integrity of the game make me laugh.

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  18. Tex is one of the best defensive first basemen in MLB. His
    hitting is just a bonus. You haters, just watch how great a
    year he has this year!! The Yankees are the best sport's team
    of last century, and will repeat.........All other teams pale
    in comparison and especially CLASS.

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  19. Baseball is stupid

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  20. That's a disappointing comment from Teixeira even if it was a leading question he's been asked 100 times. He opened himself to many follow up questions.... By how much are you overpaid? Did you feel nobody could live up to a $20 million contract before signing an 8 year deal for that $20m+/year?? Are you willing to sign a new deal for whatever amount you feel you are worth?

    And then things could get ugly when he's asked to name other overpaid players, considering he said "we all are." He better hope he doesn't face Justin Verlander or any other pitchers who are working on new deals for a few months.

    At age 32, halfway through this monster contract, with his numbers down considerably already, he's telling us not to expect too much? Hey everyone, I'm an "old" 32 and in decline, plus I'm not worth the money I'm paid...

    That's great. Someone should ask Jeter how many hours are he and Mo at the ballpark before Teixeira shows up on a typical day.

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  21. All Tex did was confirm what fans have known for years. I don't give him credit for telling the truth. What happened to expecting honesty?

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  22. What the true Yankee fans are missing and forget the Yankees have spent over $200 million dollars a year since the 2000 season. So in a nutshell the Yankees have bought themselves 1 Championship in that time at the cost of over 2 and a half BILLION dollars. Average day to go to a Yankee game at Yankee Stadium for a family of 4 is about $600.00, Tickets for a family of 4 for descent seats at least $300.00 Parking $50.00, 11 oz beer, "souvenir" cup: $9-$11-$13, Prime Rib Sandwich $15, $9 burgers, $10 pulled pork/chicken sandwiches, $5 soda, $15 deli meat sandwiches,$9 burritos($6 queso is sold separately), $5.50 hot dogs(compared to $2 dogs outside the stadium. This is why the true average hard working Yankee fan can't afford to go to a home game.

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    1. and yet they keep showing up at Yankee Stadium - 40,000+ every night. Go figure... As long as that keeps happening, these teams will continue to charge $100 for average seat tickets and $10 for a beer.

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