Mark Teahen is a pretty useful player for a contending team, but is not somebody to build around.
He is a jack of all trades – but master of none. He can play four positions (1B, 3B, RF, LF) adequately while being slightly below average with the bat. His 2006 season (.290/.357/.517) appears to be the exception as his slugging percentage the last three years attests (.410, .402, .408). He strikes out a lot for somebody without power and his plate discipline is in decline.
Still though, I always liked him because he went out and played hard, and even during all the position changes he never complained. He had the unfair burden in KC of being the centerpiece of the Carlos Beltran trade and, except for three months in ’06, never lived up to expectations. It wouldn’t shock me to see him figure things out in Chicago and he’ll be a guy I follow for the rest of his career.
Jeff Parker writes and edits Royally Speaking, and The 35th Street Review wishes him luck cursing out his favorite team’s new third baseman.