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First baseman Mark Teixeira's 2013 season has been lost with news that he will have surgery on his wrist.
First baseman Mark Teixeira has been a vital source of production in the Yankees lineup since he joined the club in 2009. In the four seasons prior to 2013, Teixeira averaged 34 home runs and 106 RBI while anchoring the heart of the batting order.
In the field, his sparkling play (three Gold Glove awards) has given the team a leg up on its rivals in the AL East.
Unfortunately, this season was a lost cause before it began for Teixeira. While swinging a bat warming up for the World Baseball Classic, the first baseman injured the tendon sheath in his right wrist. As a result, he has managed to see action in just 15 games and now will have season-ending surgery to correct the issue.
Lyle Overbay, signed in March to fill in until Teixeira returned, is now the everyday fixture for 2013 unless the team can find an upgrade.
Overbay has had some key hits for the team, but he is a career .269 hitter and has never driven in 100 runs (his high is 92 RBI in 2006 with the Blue Jays). In the field, he lacks the range and quickness Teixeira brought to the table, but he is consistent (.996 fielding percentage) if nothing else.
So where does the team turn to upgrade?
In Chicago, the White Sox have Paul Konerko, who will be a free agent at the end of this season. At age 37, he may be in the twilight of his career, but in the previous three seasons he has hit .303 and averaged 32 HRs. Mired in last place in the AL Central division, the White Sox might be willing to trade the veteran (17 seasons) to a contender.
The Seattle Mariners are another club that could be sellers as the trade deadline approaches. Sitting in fourth place with a losing record in the AL West division, they have an overabundance of first basemen and would seem to be a perfect match for the Yankees in any potential deal.
With Kendrys Morales and Mike Morse both becoming free agents in 2014, now could be the time for the Mariners to use their stockpile in improving the club.