Before voting “yes” down below, consider the numbers: $160 million over eight years. That’s what the Nats are offering the switch-hitting first baseman, and Baltimore isn’t far behind with $140-150 million over seven.
On the plus side, either team would be getting a top-tier slugger in his prime, a guy who could anchor the lineup for the duration of the deal. Those aren’t on the market often, and when they are, it’s rarer still that they hail from nearby Severna Park.
On the negative side, his would be one of the five largest contracts in MLB history. If Teixeira doesn’t stay healthy or produce these next eight years like he has his first six, he isn’t worth the money. Either way, $140-160 million is a decade-making gamble for franchises like Washington and Baltimore, franchises that don’t have New York and Boston-type money.
Also consider that neither team is in the general vicinity of good. The Nats won 59 games this past season. The Orioles 68. On his own, Teixeira doesn’t even get them to .500, but they’re a lot closer with him than without him.
The Angels, Red Sox and even Yankees are still in on this, and all have deeper pockets and better rosters. As Thomas Boswell writes:
“Boston is 400 miles from Severna Park. But the Nats and Orioles are 400 miles from the World Series.”
That local allure — and nine-figure offers — makes it seem there’s a decent chance of this happening, either for D.C. or for Baltimore, but what’s odd is that I don’t really care. Maybe because Teixeira isn’t the most dynamic of personalities or exciting of players. Or maybe because both teams, despite being my faves, flat-out suck. Or maybe it’s because of the pluses and minuses laid out above.
It’s probably some combination of all three, but I’m curious, do you care if your team, whether it be the Nats or the O’s, signs this guy?
Also, just so we know the deal, another poll after the jump …