Show Him The More Money

I just have a passing interest in baseball, but I've always thought recently traded Mark Teixeira was as dumb as a box of rocks.

Anyway, today Ranger owner Tom Hicks claims he offered Teixeira an 8 year contract worth $140 million to keep him here. Tex said, "What's a word that means 'no'?" (or something like that). I'll assume Hicks is being truthful. Like all contracts in baseball, it was guaranteed money. For those not following the situation, Teixeira becomes a free agent at the end of next season meaning he goes to the highest bidder. Obviously, he thinks he'll get more than $17.5 million a season.

Maybe he's right. Then again, no one will pay sympathy money if some freak career ending injury were to occur over the next 18 months.