As MLB's free agent period has been uncharacteristically slow this offseason, let's take our minds back to nine years ago on this day: the Yankees sign Mark Teixeira to a mega 8-year $180 million contract.
In Teixeira's tenure wearing pinstripes, he won one World Series, made two all-star games and won three Gold Gloves.
Teixeira hit the ground running in New York as the team won the World Series in his first season, 2009. He led the AL in both home runs (39) and RBI (122) that season as well as winning the Golden Glove and Silver Sluggers awards. He finished second in MVP voting.
Unfortunately for Teixeria, he'd fail to replicate those lofty heights the rest of his contract. His last few seasons were especially injury plagued.
Teixeira retired after the 2016 season and now the former Yankee works as an analyst for ESPN. He hit 409 career HR.