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Teixeira + Nats = World Series

Eight years and $160 million is a lot for a first baseman, and some Nats have wondered whether that's too much even for a guy like Mark Teixeira, especially based on where the franchise is in its rebuilding efforts. But if you knew he would yield a World Series, you'd say go for it, right?

Well, he would. Just ask Collin Balester what would happen if Tex arrives in D.C.

"If that happens it's going to be a dream come true," Balester said during his monthly satellite radio appearance, "Deep Thoughts with Collin Balester," on Minors & Majors with Grant Paulsen. "That guy is a great player, and if he comes to the nation's capital, watch out, we're going to the World Series and we are winning it all. I'm calling it right now. We're playing four games in the World Series, sweep, see ya!"

Minors and Majors airs every Saturday morning on MLB Home Plate, Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 175. Balester, meantime, is scheduled to return to planet earth by 2017 or so.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2008; 12:37 PM ET
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Well Collin is either clueless or a blind homer. Even if the nats get Texiera they will be lucky to go over 500.

Posted by: beas13 | December 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Texeira to the Nats would likely have the same impact as the O's Tejada signing a few years ago

Posted by: asbloom | December 22, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The ironic part? For that to happen, Mr. Balester would have to spend the summer in Syracuse.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | December 22, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

beas13, you've been totally had. Bally had his tongue planted firmly in cheek when he made the remarks, which I heard last Saturday.

Lighten up a bit, it's obvious Ballester can.

And as for the rest of you naysayers, the case for Tex is pretty obvious, isn't it? The Nats need to get better players on the field, and he happens to be the best available, and at a position the Nats got nothing out of last year. Nobody in his right mind says that one player is going to put them over the top, but you can't improve without, well, improving.

If the Nats sign Tex and then fill out the roster with aging journeymen, then I'll agree the comparison to the Orioles is apt. BUt if they continue to draft, sign, trade for and develop young talent to fill in the holes, the comparison is bogus.

Posted by: tomterp80 | December 22, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

this signing would be a good one for the Nats. they need something to energize the fan base, and signing the kid from Severna Park would be a good first step. there may be some parallels between him and Tejada, and 8 years is a ridiculous contract for anyone, but the Nats have left themselves no choice with their (mostly) terrible moves to this point.

they don't have much in the pipeline, and they managed not to sign Aaron Crow, who was probably the best pitcher in the draft. but if they had Tex and Zimmerman and get some improvements out of Milledge, Flores and Dukes, they could have the makings of something. if i were Bowden, i would also go after Adam Dunn and some like Orlando Hudson to play 2B. a team like that would have a chance to win some games. otherwise, you're looking at attendance under 2,000,000 which would be pathetic.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 22, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Severna Park was closed today because of a power outage, but that's not relevant.

Posted by: sitruc | December 22, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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