Why Mark Teixeira Isn't Worth It

Pete TreperinasCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2008

The MLB offseason has brought us some pretty startling figures. 

CC Sabathia will be in pinstripes next year and will make $161 million over the next seven years. This is somewhat understandable.

What isn't understandable is Mark Teixeira being offered contracts in the same range. 

Don't get me wrong, Teixeira is a very talented player, and he puts up consistently solid stats. But I don't think he's in the elite group of MLB players who deserve $170 million contracts. 

I think if a team is going to offer big figures to a player, they should be positive he'll be worth it. Even Alex Rodriguez (who had 10 years, $282 million in New York and $252 million in Texas) has failed to live up to his expectations in New York and he's making the big bucks.

Rodriguez has played well in the regular season, but hasn't carried his success over to the playoffs.

And while Teixeira is a two-time gold glover and a two-time silver slugger, he has almost no postseason experience. 

In an offseason where Sabathia, Raul Ibanez, Rafael Furcal, and Teixeira are the biggest names, it makes sense teams like the Nationals and Orioles would drop this large sum to pick Teixeira up, but Boston?

The Red Sox are loaded at pretty much every position. Teixeira plays first base and some outfield. Well, first base belongs to Kevin Youkilis and in the outfield you'll find J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jason Bay. 

I'm sure the Sox could work it out to squeeze Teixeira into their lineup, but spending $170 million on a player I don't think they need just doesn't make sense. 

The Yankees have also expressed some interest in Teixeira, who could probably make him an offer that he can't refuse. This would also probably be an offer that I don't think Teixeira deserves. 

The Philadelphia Phillies grabbed a solid outfielder in Raul Ibanez for three years, $30 million. Now, Teixeira is a lot younger and has had better career stats than Ibanez, but Teixeira has never made more than $12 million in a year, so maybe an offer in Ibanez's range is more logical. 

An eight-year, $161 million contract from the Nationals is a realistic option for Teixeira at this time. If he signed, Teixeira would be making $20 million a year. 

Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Manny Ramirez, and Ichiro Suzuki all make between $17 million and $28 million a year. Does Mark Teixeira really fit in with this elite group?