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Mark Teixeira will close out his career as a Yankee.
Though the MLB non-waiver trade deadline past on Aug. 1, teams can still make deals if their players clear waivers. With the Yankees having a lot of teams to jump en route to a potential playoff push, the first baseman’s name has come up in trade talks.
The Marlins are in the market for a first baseman with Justin Bour out until September due to an ankle injury. Teixeira would have to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal and he’s already said he had discussions with general manager Brian Cashman and both sides agreed a deal won’t happen.
“No,” Teixeira said about a potential trade, according to The New York Post. “You know [Cashman] and I have talked about it and it’s not something that I think would benefit me or the Yankees. So no, I’m staying put.”
The Marlins were also linked to Alex Rodriguez, who was released by the Yankees on Friday, but the polarizing MLB star won’t be playing anywhere else this season, according to his publicist. Miami is hunting down an NL Wild Card spot and enters Tuesday tied with the Cardinals for the second Wild Card slot.
New York already acquired a haul of prospects by trading slugger Carlos Beltran (Rangers) and bullpen arms Andrew Miller (Indians) and Aroldis Chapman (Cubs) prior to the non-waiver deadline. Teixeira can help the Yankees in their unlikely push for a playoff spot and also will help mentor the young players who have been called up before retiring at season’s end.
Teixeira, has struggled with injuries in the twilight of his career and is hitting just .199/.289/.333 for the Yankees this year with 10 homers and 28 RBIs.
The first baseman revealed his plans to retire earlier this month and reinforced the notion that he wants to hang up his cleats while in a Yankee uniform.
“It’s my goal and my desire to retire as a Yankee and wear pinstripes for the last game of my career,” he said.
The Yankees (61-57) enter Tuesday 4/12 games back in the Wild Card race with six teams in front of them and 5/12 games back of the AL East with three teams in front.
Teixeira, 36, owns a career slash line of 269/.361/.511 with 404 home runs and 1,281 RBIs and is one of just five switch hitters with 40 homers. He’s a one-time World Series champion, three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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