C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: 1B

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at First Base.

Current Situation:
Mark Teixeira
is your man at First Base for 2009 and the immediate future. After signing an 8 year deal in the offseason with the Yankees, Tex has found a new home and looks forward to bringing a championship back to the Bronx. His defense and offense are upgrades over Jason Giambi, who left for the Oakland A's over the winter. Teixeria should help his fellow infielders Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and when he comes back, Alex Rodriguez and save them a few errors. This guy is a pure stud any way you want to look at him. He can win a Gold Glove and hit 40 HR and drive in 130 RBI. This is the guy the Yankees want to have in their lineup for so many reasons. He's about to hit his prime and is ready to show the world why he chose the Yankees over the Angels and Red Sox.

Chasing800 Prediction:
Mark is going to have a great season. The key is to see if he starts the season slow like in past years. His production should also increase once A-Rod comes back in May. I'm looking at .317 39 HR 117 RBI for Tex in his first season in the Bronx. Some may say he should put up slightly better numbers than that and to that I agree, but I want to stay realistic here. I also predict a Gold Glove for Tex this year. He's been tearing the ball all spring so let's hope he rides that right into the season.

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