By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Fri, Feb 20th 10:04am EST
Mark Teixeira was dealing with trying to rebuild strength during the 2014 season and never got to full strength. He posted his worst season, a .711 OPS, and saw his batting average slump all the way down to .216. Teixeira says that a full offseason of working out, rather than rehabilitating, should make the 2015 season a bounce back season for the Yankees 1B. (Source: New York Post
Fantasy Impact: Teixeira started his Yankee career with three consecutive 30 home run seasons and an .877 OPS from 2009-2011. Since then, though, he has struggled with injuries and has seen his OPS drop in each season since 2007. Simply put, the Yankees need Teixeira to at least post his 2012 statistics, where he hit .250 with 24 home runs and an .804 OPS. On the other hand, Teixeira is one of the most productive 1B of the past decade, posting an .881 OPS over his career, and the Yankees know that a healthy Teixeira is good for 30 or more home runs. A comfortable projection for a healthy Teixeira is a slash of .255/.340/.490 with 90 or more RBI; those statistics should compare favorably with Lucas Duda or Brandon Moss, both players going higher than Mark Teixiera in drafts.