Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Argh! Yanks snag Teixeira

Before today I, thought Mark Teixeira was going to sign with either the Orioles or the Nationals. Unfortunately, the Yankees grabbed him giving him $180 million for eight years. This isn't what I wanted to see happen, the Yankees have a really good power lineup for the next two seasons. Over a week ago, I predicted that Teixeira would sign with the Yankees and they would acquire Mike Cameron from the Brewers. But the Yankees don't really need another old outfielder, so they signed a guy to fill their biggest hole on the offense. Teixeira may have like the signings of Sabathia and Burnett, and knew the Yankees had a legitimate chance at their first World Series title in nine seasons. Here is an update on my projection of their 2009 lineup.

1. Johnny Damon DH/LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Xavier Nady RF
6. Jorge Posada C
7. Hideki Matsui LF/DH
8. Robinson Cano 2B
9. Nick Swisher CF

Rodriquez and Teixeira could both hit 40 HRs and everyone else an average of 20. Their only weakness is their speed, with only three legit base stealers. The 2009 Yankees will be one of the best teams on paper to ever play the game. The Rays, who couldn't beat a very weak Yankee team last year, will have their hands full, as well as the rest of the A.L. East.

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