It’s a new world for Mark Teixeira given the state of the position players around him …
Players who are injured: Alex Rodriguez.
Aging players coming off injuries: Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui.
Aging players in decline: Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon.
Young, unproven players: Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera.
Players coming off their worst season: Robinson Cano.
Players without a position: Nick Swisher.
Players who probably aren’t as good as last season’s stats would indicate: Xavier Nady.
If everything goes well, the Yankees could have an imposing lineup. If not, yeesh. But a lot falls on the back of Teixeira now. Buster Olney broke it down well today on ESPN.com if you have a subscription. In essence, Teixeira is the only sure thing they have offensively right now.
Debating what will happen is fairly pointless until we see how well Alex can play or whether they move to replace him. But one examination in Vail sure changed a lot