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Yankees: The logical replacement for Mark Teixeira

“All I can continue to tell everyone is our commitment to the fans is never going to change. We will always field a championship-caliber  

Justin Morneau

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team. Is our goal 189 next year? Yes. But only if I’m convinced if the team I see, that we’ve put together, is a championship-caliber team.”

That is what New York Yankees inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner told the NY Daily News on January 10, 2013.

So should fans presume the Yankees are hot on the trail of Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau?

One would think with the recent injury upgrade to switch-hitting, first baseman Mark Teixeira that would be the Yankees next step.

If this was last season I would have second-guessed a trade for Morneau because of his concussion issues but that battle seems to be over.

Last season Morneau posted a .267 batting average, hit 19 homers, 77 RBIs, 26 doubles and drew 49 walks. He could slide in perfectly right behind Robinson Cano in the line-up.

Teixeira’s new diagnosis of a sheath tear in his wrist increases the need for the Yankees to make a move like this one.

The likelihood that Tex will be total healed in 10 weeks is slim to none. This injury is the same one that Blue Jays Joes Bautista endured last season, and he had to have surgery and missed the season.

There is a 30%+ chance Tex might be lost for the season if the injury lingers, and losing his power bat for the season would be too much.

Also, it would be cavalier of the Yankees to have Juan Rivera at first base on Opening Day when a player of Morneau’s caliber is obtainable.

The Yankees should the $14 million the Twins owe Morneau for 2013, and then let him walk at the end of the season when his contract is up.

The Yankees would have to throw in a good prospect too but if they pay Morneau’s entire salary the prospect level and number would be lessened.

Bottom line is this “championship-caliber team” that Hal is talking was not there before Tex went down, so what is he waiting for now?

 

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6 Comments

  1. Richard says:

    His injury is Similar to Bautista NOT the same. Tex's Tendon is stable Bautista's was not which is why he had surgery. The 30% chance still looms but hopefully the membrane will heal. It's tricky.

    Sorry about your elbow but your comparing apples and oranges again.

  2. LLP says:

    Actually Richard, Brain Cashman was on Mike Francesa yesterday and Tex's tendon is swollen, which is a problem. Mark DeRosa had the same type of injury, also google golfer Luke Donald to see how the surgery got him back on the course pain free.
    My point was that the Yankees should be looking for a replacement, as Juan Rivera cannot be the Yankees starting first baseman on April 1. Morneau only has a year left on his contract and the Yankees could use his power too. What if Tex is out for the season? And even if Tex does come back he cannot play everyday; and Haftner could get hurt easily too so having Morneau would give the Yankees the depth they are missing.
    I am so sick of Hal Steinbrenner as it is time to do something now but he could careless. I am still in shock about Russell Martin, who said two days ago that the Yankees never even approached his agent in the off-season. He thought he woudl be with the Yankees, and I did too.

    • Richard says:

      I'm glad one of us has a medical degree. The sheath is inflamed (swollen) the tendon is stable. NOT the same as Bautista. They will not bring in a full time player (lefty) until they no how long he will be out. We need the DH spot for all the other old guys with injuries. Bringing in Morneau then negates Haffner if Tex comes back. If Tex is out for year, THEN it makes sense.

      A long year for sure. Pitching our ONLY chance to stay close until we get the boys back!!!!!!!!

      • LLP says:

        Richard you are misinformed…here it is verbatim from Sports Illustrated:

        TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mark Teixeira says he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.

        And ESPN New York:

        ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews reacts to the news that Mark Teixeira suffered a partially torn tendon sheath that could require season-ending surgery.

        • Richard says:

          Not at all.

          The sheath is partially torn thus the inflammation. However, the TENDON is stable. Bautista had an UNSTABLE TENDON which is why he had surgery. Tex still has a 30% chance of surgery – depends on the Tendon itself.

  3. CTYankee says:

    What? Hal pay $14million for one player? He can sign a van full of retired and washed up nobodies for that kind of money!!!