I guess I'll give my opinion on the Teixeira situation. I definitely look to trade him before the deadline if a decent package can be obtained. There's always somebody desperate for a good bat. If no trade is obtained, then we'll have two first round draft picks and one supplemental pick after the first round next year. The Braves have no chance of keeping Teixeira after the season unless he is willing to accept a major discount. I doubt this since he turned down 140 million over eight years with the Rangers. Of course, he might have just not wanted to play for them anymore, but I assume it was the money. Scott Boras certainly realized that he could get more for him after this year simply because Teixeira is the best position player on the market this year.
Giving a deal to a player in that situation is the exact thing a mid market team like the Braves has to avoid if they want to compete. Look at what the Giants did when Zito was the best free agent pitcher on the market. Teixeira probably isn't going to collapse like Zito, but the Braves can't take that risk. Not signing a talented player is not a big deal, because you can always look for replacements. However, if you sign a player to a monster contract and he struggles, then you are in serious trouble for years to come (unless you can eat the contract like the Yanks or Red Sox). We'll have to see how things go, but I assume we can replace Teixeira with an inferior first baseman and make it up by improving the corner outfield for less money. Also, there is a decent chance that Chipper will move to first base a couple of years down the road. It might not happen, but it is a distinct possibilty.
Last edited by cbenson5; 07-11-2008 at 05:26 PM.
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