Mark Teixeira says he is “overpaid.”
Usually when athletes talk about their contracts, they are complaining about how small it is, but, apparently, Mark Teixeira is not one of those athletes. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he stated that he is overpaid and “on the backside of [his] career.” Talk about honesty.
A week following a Yankee player who has a hard time with the truth, it is nice to hear the brutal honesty from Teixeira. It is this type of honesty about big contracts that is refreshing to hear. Players decline as they get older, and Teixeira, who turns 33 in April, is clearly aware of that and wants to address it on his own terms. He understands his abilities and limitations are different from his earlier days, the days that gave him the big pay-day. So, coming to grips with reality will only help an aging star, such as Teixeira, deal with not putting up the numbers he is accustomed to.
However, by no means is Teixeira a bum. Although he had a down year a...