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.
Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.
Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.
Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.
What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.
That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.