The 36-year-old joined the Yankees as a free agent in 2009, signing an eight-year contract with the team. He announced his plans to retire from the game in a press conference on August 5. Teixeira has once again been troubled with the injury bug in 2016, dealing with issues in his neck and knee.
“This year my neck started bothering me. I hurt my knee and I just kind of realized my body can’t do it anymore. If I have to grind through season not being healthy, I’d rather be somewhere else.”
Currently on the season, Teixeira is hitting .198 with 12 home-runs and 37 RBI in 359 at-bats over 106 games.
In his eight seasons in the Bronx, he owns a slashline of .248/.343/.455 with 530 runs, 183 doubles, five triples, 203 home-runs, 615 RBI, and has earned three Gold Gloves (2009-10, 2012), a Silver Slugger (2009), and on two occasions was an American League All-Star (2009, 2015).
With 13 games remaining on the Yankees‘ 2016 regular season schedule, he stands with 406 career home-runs, 1,291 career RBI, and a career slashline of .268/.360/.509, and is fifth all-time in career home-runs as a switch hitter behind Carlos Beltran (419, still playing), Chipper Jones (468), Eddie Murray (504), and Mickey Mantle (536).
October 2 is the final game of the regular season for the Yankees as they host the Baltimore Orioles.