As he did in 2005 with Johnny Damon, Brian Cashman stole a Scott Boras client from under the noses of the Red Sox today with the signing of Mark Teixeira.
Say this for the Yankees, money is apparently no object. You can expect howls of protest from across the country as Cashman adds yet another high-priced free agent. They now have the four biggest contracts in the game.
This will also teach me not to believe anything the Yankees say about living under a budget. It was only a few weeks ago Cashman said the idea of signing three big free agents was a fantasy. Sure thing. I was stupid to believe that.
But Teixeira makes far more sense than Manny Ramirez ever would have. Teixeira is younger, a strong defensive player and isn’t going to wake up one day and decide he doesn’t want to play.
The question now becomes what the Yankees do next. Does this mean adios to Andy Pettitte? Does this mean Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher becomes trade bait? It probably means Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera plays center.