This is a rule I had no idea about. According to Buster Olney, the WBC is paying the money that Mark Teixeira is owed while he’s on the disabled list. I assume that since the injury took place while he was a part of the WBC, whatever body will cover the Yankees’ cost while out with his wrist injury. This equates to about $7-$8 million, depending on how long he’s out. This could explain the team’s sudden ability to spend, since they’ll be adding $13 million to the payroll over the next two years by acquiring Vernon Wells from the Angels. I have no idea how this affects the Yankees’ luxury tax, because few people even knew this existed up until tonight.
Ken Rosenthal adds, the WBC insurance covers players who are on the DL for over 30 days. It also covers players who return from the DL, and thereafter reinjure themselves.
Brian Cashman hasn’t decided on replacing Mark Teixeira from inside or outside the organization, but it seems that he’s leaning towards the former. The team has few young internal options at first base, but with Kevin Youkilis‘ versatility at the corners, the Yankees could opt for a third baseman. Guys like Corban Joseph, David Adams, and J.R. Murphy all have limited experience at third, and it’s hard to imagine that their range or glove at the position would suffice for an organization pushing forward a defensive minded team. The Yankees will probably go with an older and safer option.
Dan Johnson- Johnson finally landed his first Spring Training hit yesterday, and now would be a great time to start swinging the bat. Through 2700+ innings at first base, Johnson has shown average range. Offensively, he’s been slightly above average with his career 102 wRC+. The left-handed hitter might not had great contact numbers, but he draws a ton of walks and has no platoon split. He’d be a safe option to directly replace Teixeira’s on base percentage, but he otherwise offers very little upside.
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The Yankees are dropping like flies, and age is probably a big factor. Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson will be out until May, and that could be the equivalence of 10-15 homeruns lost. If you follow WAR, it doesn’t look as bad, and it’ll probably only cost the team around a win and a half, assuming the two would normally qualify for 4 wins each this season. The important thing is that the team can find good defensive replacements that have at least some offensive prowess.
Ideally, the Yankees would be targeting a Chase Headley or even a Logan Morrison to shore up current and future problems. While it answers some of the outfield and budget questions, obtaining such players will cost you a decent chunk of prospects, and who knows if they’re even available. Cashman is much more likely to target a veteran player on the last year of their contract, and Justin Morneau‘s name has been mentioned quite a bit. The problem here is that you’re temporarily stopping the injury problem with a 32 year old that has an extensive injury history. Once Teixeira returns, where do you play Morneau with Travis Hafner as your left-handed DH?
Cashman has done a fantastic job of targeting older veteran players in the past to create a strong bench without giving up prospects, but these practices have caught up to him. While Ichiro Suzuki was supposed to be a part-time player last year, he’s now a starter in 2013, and the margin for error has been dwindling down as these part-time players move from the bench to the starting lineup.
Well this has been a fun start to the 2013 season, huh? Not exactly what any of us had in mind or expected after a long, frustrating offseason, but I guess for the sake of consistency and tying plot points together you might as well have an injury-filled preseason to reinforce just how bad the offseason was. Mark Teixeira, whether he rebounded from last year or not, was one of the most important players in this lineup and now he’s out for 8-10 weeks with a sprained tendon in his right wrist. To be honest, I’m still trying to process everything that relates to this injury in my head, so rather than attempt to formulate a smooth, logical response post I’m just going to go with the old “Ts and AferTs” standby and at least get my thoughts out.
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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) 2013 was already going to be an important year for Mark Teixeira. After a stellar Yankee debut season in 2009, the last three have been a downhill trend of offensive regression and 2013 was shaping up to be the tipping point for the rest of Teix’s Yankee career. He [...]
In my last two pieces talked about building the lineup. To quickly test the potency of these lineups, I ran them through the lineup analysis tool from Baseball Musings. I used the PECOTA and ZiPS projections to get the players’ OBP/SLG. Remember, though, these projected OBP/SLG numbers are NOT split adjusted. Here are the results: [...]
Mark Teixeira has hardly lived up to the expectations of his contract, and he acknowledged that last week. Almost every year Teixeira tries something new to combat his baseball inefficiencies, but it always ends up back-firing. Whether it’s bunting, going to opposite field, or starting his hitting program earlier, he’s always working on something new [...]
You’ll remember that last week, I mused about the possible lineup construction for the 2013 squad. Let’s revisit the idea of the lineup one more time, with something else in mind. If you’ve read this site, then you’re probably familiar with the Replacement Level Yankee Blog and its CAIRO Projections. The last iteration of them [...]
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