Tex: I'm overpaid

Mark Teixeira says his eight-year, $180 million contract is too much.

"I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying, 'You're overpaid.' Because I am," Teixeira told the Wall Street Journal. "We all are.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

#25 1B
New York Yankees

2012 STATS

  • GM123
  • HR24

  • RBI84

  • R66

  • OBP.332

  • AVG.251

"Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it. You're not very valuable when you're making $20 million. When you're Mike Trout making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there's nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million [per year] contract."

Teixeira, 32, also went on to temper any expectations that he could be the one to pick up the slack from the production the Yankees have seemingly lost this offseason.

"Maybe I'm slowing down a tick. Look, I'm not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don't want to say declining, but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 [homers] and 100 [RBI]," said Teixeira, who is entering his fifth year as a Yankee.

He said he isn't going to do anything differently this season. Last winter, he spoke about bunting and going the other way. By the end of the 2012 season, he said he was only kidding about the bunting part and abandoned the new all-fields approach after struggling early. He finished at .251 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 123 games.