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Teixeira, an economic stimulus?

Brandon Speck

For a team that hasn't made a splash in the playoffs since 2004, the Yankees sure are stirring up the waters this offseason.

Tuesday's signing of first baseman Mark Teixeira, for a whopping eight-year deal reportedly worth more than $180 million, was a giant cannonball right into the middle of the Hudson.

Add 28-year-old Tex, a career .290 hitter with 203 home runs, to the deals given to CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, and the Yanks are nearing half a billion dollars for three offseason signings.

The most recent signing prompted Brewers owner, and former Sabathia owner, Mark Attansaio, to call for a salary cap.

Are the Bombers working in a different economy than the rest of us or what?

It may seem that way, but the reality is that the Yankees are doing everything in their power to help the economy.


It's simple, we must spend to help the economy. If the Yankees are winning, people are spending, buying tickets, buying shirts, buying jerseys, buying very expensive luxury boxes.

The new $2 billion stadium has to be paid for, yes, by you the fan and Yankee stuff purchaser. What better way to get in your wallet than by putting a contending product on the field?

Before cashing in the 401k though, splash the names Carl Pavano and Jason Giambi around your brain for a while. Buying names doesn't necessarily mean a trip to the World Series, or even the postseason for that matter.

What it does mean though is that the Yankees are trying, trying hard to get back to the dominance they have so often enjoyed. Trying to stimulate the economy?

Don't touch the 401k quite yet, but if you want to use your tax refund to put your seat in a shiny new Yankee Stadium seat, I'm sure Uncle Sam will appreciate it. I know the Steinbrenners will.

Are they still paying A-Rod?

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