Mark Teixeira Hires Casey Close

Mark Teixeira has hired agent Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to represent him, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com 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.


16 Responses to Mark Teixeira Hires Casey Close Leave a Reply

  1. Remington 3 years ago

    good for him. Borass makes people look bad

  2. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    who cares?

  3. jwsox 3 years ago

    Can anyone help me out here. What’s the point of dropping one agent for another when a player is under contract for a few years still? I would assume the we agent does not get paid on the previous deal because they were not part of the signing. They can’t negotiate anything new because the contract is already signed. So what’s the point?

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      I’m sure an agent does a lot more for a player than any of us realize.  With appearances, endorsements, etc

      • This is what I was thinking as well

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        They still set up endorsements, sessions for autographs and other off the field meetings the players get paid major dollars for.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        They still set up endorsements, sessions for autographs and other off the field meetings the players get paid major dollars for.

    • I was going to ask that very same question. Well put.  Could it be that Tex is going to ask for some type of extension before his current contract is up? Is he just being super pro-active before his next trip to free agency? I dunno. 

  4. I don’t think Boras cares, he already got his golden years, Close will just get some leftover veteran minimums if anything at all. 

  5.  Your comment is going to get deleted! you spouted a vulgarity.

  6. AmericanMovieFan 3 years ago

    Is Tex known to be religious?

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Yes, I read an article about it. he’s christian.

  7. by the time the contract is up Tex will be looking around for a starting job like Aubrey Huff or Derek Lee have been.  His Win Above Replacement as a Yankee has been 5.5 in 2009, 4.1 in 2010, and 2.4 in 2011.  We are talking about a 2-time all star who’s been on the decline already at age 30.  It’s not like he’s going to get an extention a la A-Rod.  He’s a good player.  Not great.   

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      His average has been getting lower but he still hit 39 hr and had a decent obp. Personally he is making better value than the 15 aav that the ants gave Zimmerman. And certainly worth more than the same value that the rs gave crawford.

    • BitLocker 3 years ago

      He was injured in 2010. I believe the lower production has to do with a mechanic issue and him swinging for the fences every time. That lower porch is tempting and he got the Jason Giambi syndrome.

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