City Paper is not for tourists
The Lerners, not resting after their big win in City Paper’s Unsportsman of the Year balloting, are in the lead pack as another ridiculous contest winds down: The battle to see who will give Mark Teixeira the silliest contract of the offseason.
Sure, it’d be nice to have Teixeira around here: He’s from Anne Arundel County and played summer ball in Northern Virginia in the Clark Griffith League.
But, are the Nationals really going to pony up as much as $184 million for eight years just to have a local boy made good on the roster?
Is that really the market rate for 33 homers and a .308 average — Teixeira’s 2008 stats?
Word has it we’ll find out any day — possibly even today.
Among the things that bug me about this massive offer for Teixeira, even absent an actual signing: If the Lerners have all that cash lying around, doesn’t that make it even worse that they wouldn’t pay DC the $3.5 million they owed us for rent on Nationals Park?
(Full disclosure: I haven’t yet forgiven the Nationals for cutting Dmitri Young after the season. Baseball is full of burly muscleheads like Teixeira, but nobody had a physique like Young’s. He looked too out of shape for beer pong, let alone pro baseball, and was a guy who declined to come off the disabled list in late summer because he felt “lightheaded.” In sum: He was my fave player by several stone.)