Mark Teixeira

Fantasy Baseball - Top 20 Player - Mark Teixeira

Fantasy baseball player profile -Mark Teixeira.

Mark Teixeira isn't quite given the props he would be if he played in New York or Boston. It won't be long before the northeastern baseball fans learn to appreciate Mark Teixeira, though. After the 2008 MLB season, Tex will become an unrestricted free agent. He'll be one of the most sought-after free agents at the end of next season, and no doubt the Yankees and Red Sox will start a bidding war.

That isn't to say that Teixeira is a complete unknown. Playing in the sullen isolation that is Texas Rangers Baseball, Teixeira has become a Top 20 fantasy baseball player anyway. But give the hard-nosed Teixeira a chance to play a key role in a Boston-New York pennant chase and he will become a mainstream fan favorite.

The switch-hitting Teixeira plays both 1st and 3rd base for the Rangers. In the 2004-2006 seasons, Tex has hit 38, 43 and 33 home runs respectively. His batting average was around .280 in 2004 and 2006, while it drifted above the .300 mark for the 2005 season. In 2007, he is currently hitting .302 with 12 HRs and 41 RBIs.

Remember that Teixeira has only played 61 or the 80 games due to injury, so his homers and ribbies would be around 16 and 50 for the year, if he had played every game. That means he would be on a pace for a .300 average with 32 HRs and 100 RBIs. Those are a slight dip from the last few years, but still leaves him in top rungs of the 2nd tier players.

Mark Teixeira Trade Possibilities

There is constant speculation that Mark Teixeira will be traded by the Rangers this year. With Texas dropping out of contention by about mid-April, this has been a particularly frustrating season for the Rangers fans and front office. It is well known that Teixeira's agent is Scott Boras, who will demand a top dollar contract from whoever signs Tex after the 2008 season. The Rangers have zero chance of retaining their player, so Rangers fans have called for the team to get what they can for Teixeira while his value is at his highest.

Mark Teixeira - Top 20 Fantasy Baseball Pick

Next year, when Teixeira has only two months on his contract, his value at the trade deadline will be limited. With almost a year-and-a-half left on a very reasonable contract, Tex could net a couple of top prospects. This is always speculative. Some people say the fact everyone knows the Rangers will shop him hurts his value, but some team is going to want to add an extra bat in his prime (27) for the stretch run.

Just keep in mind that Tex could be going to a contender by the end of July. That means he will be surrounded by a stout-hitting line up which could help his numbers. Of course, a trade is always unstable, so Teixeira could spend weeks getting adjusted to the new situation. He might not stand up to the pressure of a pennant chase, since he certainly never had that pressure in Texas.

That being said, Teixeira was a star player at the highest levels of college baseball. That certainly doesn't always translate, but he was considered a tough-minded pressure player coming up. There is little fear that he will wilt in one of the big markets, as he seems to crave the spotlight.

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