Mark Teixeira admits he’s overpaid

Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting article on Mark Teixeira in which Tex admits he’s on the downside of his career and that he is, in fact, overpaid.

They all are according to Teixeira and what he says makes sense.

“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.”

Teixeira also talks about the differences between being a player in his prime and being a player on the “downside” of his career. Once he passed 30 (he turns 33 this season) his workouts started taking a toll on his body and nagging injuries were piling up, especially last season. Teixeira only played in 123 games in 2012. He had played in no less than 156 his first three seasons in Pinstripes.

He’s also been on a steady decline since he’s M.V.P caliber 2009 season. And for players like Teixeira, going from being a .280 – .290 hitter with power to a .250 – .260 power hitter – because there is a difference – is a bit of an adjustment. Teixeira even tried tinkering with his swing before the 2012 season to try and get back to how he played in his age 29 season. It didn’t work.

Now, in 2013, Teixeira has accepted himself for what he is. “I want 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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7 thoughts on “Mark Teixeira admits he’s overpaid

  1. Hit .250 "so be it"? your a professional athlete, who gets over a third of the field to hit too, because they play you to pull, and you don't even try…$2 million or $20 million, thats sad.

  2. "… but if I hit .250, .260, instead of .280, so be it.” That kind of comment from a guy you are paying $20MM plus to and will be paying for the next 4 years can't make Brian and Hal happy campers.
    You can expect/understand some "journeyman" player saying something like that. But a guy that's making the type of money Tex is, that is unacceptable. If I'm Brain and or Hal I get his ass down to Tampa and read him the riot act. That's just my opinion.

  3. Do you honestly think that he has a different attitude now than he did when he was younger? Maybe Tex is just a fatalistic kind of guy with a lot of talent. I choose to interpret this as meaning that he'll do everything he can and let the chips fall as they may. I work in a very performance based field and I have definitely seen the impact of people trying too hard to make things happen in the field. It's called pressing, right? And every time you hear that word associated with a major league ball player it's in a negative context. Why not just let the man do his thing? It's worked pretty well so far.

  4. Sounds to me like a guy that admits to reality. As we age, we become less effective physically. He didn't say he's giving up, he said he didn't want to waste time and effort trying to be something he no longer is. Makes sense. Concentrate on what you can still do. Tex is overpaid. I don't think this is news to anyone at this point. I have no problem with him working on what he can do and maximizing his value, as opposed to dedicating himself to proving nature wrong.

    The problem isn't that people age, the problem is that we seem to expect highly paid athletes to defeat nature. On the one hand we condemn "unnatural aids" like steroids, on the other we expect players to ignore wear & tear, and play like they are young forever.

    MLB teams seem to be re-assessing long term contracts, and they should. This doesn't reflect negatively on Tex. Last time I checked he didn't have a gun to anyone's head while negotiating his current deal. The problem isn't Tex, it's unrealistic expectations.

  5. Not hard to read between the lines and see "I used to be terribly underpaid, now I'm terribly overpaid". That's the unfair balance of the baseball universe, which is, IMO, far better than the old days of being underpaid from start to finish.

  6. Great comment lazlo. Thinking that players should maintain a high level of performance all through their career so they can earn their money is what let to PEDs. It wasn't trying to beat Hank's record or Maris' record. It was all about being able to stay in the game long enough to help he team win and get the BIG payday. I as a fan and former player appreciate the truthfulness in the comments. Why should we as fans be mad when a player who is honest about his performance and pay when 99% are not. The Yankees did not sign Tex to hit the ball the other way and get guys over. They signed him to mash the ball and play great defense. That's who he is. Even if he is "overpaid."