I'm more than happy to confess a degree of ignorance here, but would love for someone more knowledgable about baseball than me to inform me. I follow the Sox closely - I won't claim to know all the details of what makes Teixeira a great player. I look at his stats and see a guy who averages 33 home runs, .290 batting average - what looks like a VERY good on base percentage overall and 112 RBIs on average. Overall he seems very consistent. But that seems to fall short of someone like Manny Ramierez who often hit more than 40 home runs and peaked at 165 RBIs one year. I see Teixeira had a monster year in 2005 - but beyond that his stats have been about what I mentioned above. Is the expectation that at age 28 he's about to take it to another level? Become a 40+ HR, 140+ RBI guy worth the $25 million a year (rumors are $200 million over 8 years)? If so count me in on the bandwagon but looking at his stats now, while they're great and would be a great addition to our team, I'm not sure they justify $25 mil a season.