Are the Nationals Really Going to Pay Teixeira $23 Million a Year?
The Lerners, not resting after their big win in City Paper's Unsportsman of the Year balloting, are in the lead pack as another ridiculous contest winds down: The battle to see who will give Mark Teixeira the silliest contract of the offseason.
Sure, it'd be nice to have Teixeira around here: He’s from Anne Arundel County and played summer ball in Northern Virginia in the Clark Griffith League.
But, are the Nationals really going to pony up as much as $184 million for eight years just to have a local boy made good on the roster?
Is that really the market rate for 33 homers and a .308 average — Teixeira's 2008 stats?
Word has it we'll find out any day — possibly even today.
Among the things that bug me about this massive offer for Teixeira, even absent an actual signing: If the Lerners have all that cash lying around, doesn't that make it even worse that they wouldn't pay DC the $3.5 million they owed us for rent on Nationals Park?
(Full disclosure: I haven't yet forgiven the Nationals for cutting Dmitri Young after the season. Baseball is full of burly muscleheads like Teixeira, but nobody had a physique like Young's. He looked too out of shape for beer pong, let alone pro baseball, and was a guy who declined to come off the disabled list in late summer because he felt “lightheaded.” In sum: He was my fave player by several stone.)