New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to announce his forthcoming retirement from baseball.
The 36-year-old, who is battling an articular cartilage tear in his knee, has struggled mightily all year long, putting his immediate future in question.
Mark Teixeira expected to announce his retirement later today, at 36, effective at the end of the season.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 5, 2016
With that being the case, the direct expectation is for Tex to play the rest of the year out while sparing his body extra pain at season’s end. Over eight years in the Bronx, he possesses a .249 average with 201 home runs and 605 RBIs (919 GP).
Looking ahead, this will directly formulate a path for youngster Greg Bird to assume starting first base duties come opening day in 2017.