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The Economics of Mark Teixeira

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Since his career began eight years ago, Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees has been everything scouts and baseball executives hoped he would be—a can't-miss talent with solid character, defensive prowess and power to burn.

As he takes the field in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday, he's widely viewed as the kind of player a team is supposed to draft as a teenager and hold for a retirement ceremony some 20 summers later.

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