Tuesday Jan. 6, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Teixeira and the New York Yankees have completed their $180 million, eight-year contract. The deal was agreed to Dec. 23, but both sides had to settle contract language and the first baseman had to pass a physical.
New York has committed $423.5 million on three free-agent additions during the offseason after its streak of 13 consecutive postseason appearances ended. On Dec. 18, the Yankees completed a $161 million, seven-year contract with left-hander CC Sabathia and an $82.5 million, five-year deal with right-hander A.J. Burnett.
The Yankees hold baseball's four largest contracts. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez has the sport's highest deal at $275 million over 10 years, and shortstop Derek Jeter is second at $189 million over 10 years.
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