Yankees: Fans might not like Mark Teixeira’s take for team’s offseason plans
Mark Teixeira thinks the Yankees should make a few big offseason moves.
Some might disagree, but former New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has turned into a bit of a heel in the realm of Bronx Bomber baseball. Look no further than his commentary on Aroldis Chapman after the up and in fastball against Rays slugger Mike Brosseau.
Now, Tex feels the need to weigh in on the Yankees’ offseason plans, which are very much more complicated than everyone might think. There are a lot of unpopular ongoing discussions right now, and Tex undoubtedly added to that.
He thinks general manger Brian Cashman should trade Luke Voit and sign Didi Gregorius, which we would assume means moving Gleyber Torres back to second base and DJ LeMahieu, if the team re-signs him, over to first base.
"“As good as Luke Voit is, and as popular as he is, his value has never been higher,” Teixeira said on “The Michael Kay Show.”“Go back out and re-sign Didi Gregorius. Because we know Didi can play in New York. He’s a good defensive shortstop and he’s left-handed. I think that’s the move you make this offseason.”“I don’t know what the financial situation of the Yankees is going to be this offseason. If Brian Cashman has a very small budget, then maybe DJ LeMahieu is out of their budget. But if the Steinbrenner family says, ‘Hey, I know we lost a ton of money this year, everybody in baseball lost money this year, but I’m still going to let you go out and sign a few guys, Cash, and we need to bring back the value’ — then of course it’s a no-brainer.”"
We know that this is a possibility, but there’s one problem with Tex’s analysis. What if LeMahieu isn’t re-signed or doesn’t want to play first base on a more consistent basis? We can’t be banking on that scenario to seamlessly solve itself before making other momentous moves! Also, this means Torres is for sure moving back to second, right?
Regardless, this is an unpopular take because of how Voit has established himself as a fan favorite over the last couple of years. He could very well become the next great Yankees first baseman … in fact, the best since Tex! Think there’s some bias here?
Those who aren’t a big fan of Teixeira likely feel that’s the case.