The Yankees, in the opinion of one rival general manager, should be pursuing Teixeira as aggressively as they did left-hander CC Sabathia.
"Teixeira is the only great player the Red Sox are after," the GM says. "If the Yankees get Sabathia and Teixeira, the Red Sox can't counter that. There's nothing they can do."
Like Rosenthal, it makes no sense to me for the Yankees to stop here, and when I read reports about how they might be ready to give Manny a three-year deal for $22-25 million per it makes me even more confused, and angry.
As I wrote in my last column, the Yankees project that their 2009 payroll will be lower than it was last season even with the additions of Sabathia and free-agent righty A.J. Burnett. The signing of Teixeira almost certainly would push it higher. But why should a team that bid against itself for the best pitcher on the market suddenly turn passive with the best all-around player?
The Yankees needed pitching, they got pitching. It makes no sense for them to stop at the Red Sox's No. 1 target, a switch-hitter who could pair with Alex Rodriguez to form a devastating middle of the order for the better part of the next decade.
And if the reason they don't want to lock up the 28 year old Teixeira for eight years is because they want to keep first base open for when Jeter, Posada, or some other aging player down the road has to switch positions then they deserve to lose.
If the Yankees want to draw a line, they should draw it with paying Andy Pettitte $10 million to be their fifth starter or Mike Cameron $10 million to be their center fielder.
Not with Teixeira, for crying out loud.