Mark Teixeira admits he’s overpaid
Mark Teixeira is a key piece to the Yankees organization. He’s one of the best first baseman defensively and he’s a good home run hitter, but during an interview with Dan Barbirisi from the Wall Street Journal, Teixeira had a shocking (okay not really) confession to make: He’s completely overpaid!!
“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am.” Texieria said. “We all are.”
“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it, 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.” Teixeira added.
In the interview, Teixeira also spoke about him being almost past his prime. Teixeira turns 33 in April, meaning that he’s slowly accepting the fact that his body will start to break down.
“Maybe I’m slowing down to 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’s.”
Teixeira had admitted that he had tweaked his swing in order to please the fans, wanting to be that .290 hitter that he was when the Yankees signed him to an 8-year deal in 2009. The reality is, Teixeira realized that he wasn’t playing to his strengths, getting off to another slow start before changing his adjustments again in order to fit the way he plays the game.
“You can’t make everyone happy.” Teixeira said. “I need to concentrate on what I do well. And what I do well is hitting home runs, driving in a lot of runs and playing great defense.”
“I’d love to be the player who hits home runs, drives in runs. I’d love to get back to the player that I’ve always been, but if I hit .250, .260 instead of .280, so be it.”
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