Mark Teixeira’s season is over after just 15 unproductive games thanks to a wrist injury suffered during the World Baseball Classic and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has the details on how much of that will be covered by insurance.
Between the WBC-based insurance from MLB and their own insurance the Yankees will reportedly get back $18.7 million of his $22.5 million salary for this season. According to Marchand the WBC-based portion of that is $7 million.
All of which seems to suggest that the Yankees would have plenty of money to throw around for a midseason pickup, particularly if it were someone on a one-year deal.
Teixeira, who’s 33 years old and hasn’t topped an .850 OPS since 2009, is signed for three more seasons after this one at $22.5 million per year.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Manny Machado will meet with the Phillies’ brass in Philadelphia next week. George King of the New York Post, meanwhile, says that he may very well meet with the Yankees next week as well, in what is apparently an east coast tour. Beyond those two teams, the White Sox have expressed an interest in Machado and are expected to meet with him as well.
The other big star free agent is Bryce Harper, or course. He reportedly held court in a hotel suite a bit father north up the Las Vegas Strip from the Winter Meetings with his agent, taking meetings from officials from various teams. Proof, I guess, that meetings are not an immediate precursor to a signing.
At this point one wonders if the top two talents on the market will sign before Christmas.