Mark Teixeira Hires Casey Close

Mark Teixeira has hired agent Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to represent him, Jon Heyman of tweets. The first baseman, who is under contract through 2016, parted ways with former agent Scott Boras a year ago this time.

Teixeira, 31, will earn $22.5MM in each of the next five seasons before hitting free agency. As MLBTR's Agency Database shows, Close represents a number of MLB players, including Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

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