The Yankees waited in the wings and after public contract offer retractions from the Red Sox and Angels, Brian Cashman and the gang swept in and got another $20+ million per year player, signing Mark Teixeira.
The deal is reportedly eight years at $180 million, or $22.5 million annually.
On one hand, the Yankees get a great defensive first basemen who will hit .300 and put up 30 home runs each year. On the other hand, the Yankees now have a first basemen for the next eight years, basically rendering Jorge Posada useless after this season and leaving nowhere for aging infielders to go when they lose their range.
Seems like a fair trade-off.