The 36-year-old will retire as a World Series champion and three-time All-Star. - From USA TODAY
He finished second in MVP voting that year, but has been on a downward plane, his contract emblematic of the Yankees' deterioration into a collection of high-priced, declining players.
Still, the subpar and injury-riddled conclusion to his career is outweighed by nearly a decade of elite production.Teixeira enters the final weeks of his career with 404 career home runs, a .361 on-base percentage and .872 on base plus slugging.
His trade from the rebuilding Rangers to the contending Atlanta Braves was a crucial mark in both franchises’ history, as the Rangers replenished their organization with their return of shortstop Elvis Andrus and pitchers Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison.
He also played a half-season with the Los Angeles Angels, who lost in the first round of the 2008 playoffs, setting up a fierce bidding war in the offseason for Teixeira’s services.
Eventually, the Yankees reeled him in, outbidding the Angels, Baltimore Orioles and other clubs as part of a winter haul that included pitcher CC Sabathia (seven years, $161 million) and A.J.