Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to retire at end of season

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira plans to retire at the end of the season.

New York scheduled a news conference with Teixeira for Friday afternoon, before its series opener against Cleveland. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statement was authorized, said the purpose of the news conference was for Teixeira to announce 2016 will be his final season.

Slowed by injuries, the 36-year-old first baseman is hitting .198 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs. A three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, he is in the final season of a $180 million, eight-year contract.

His plans were first reported by ESPN.

Greg Bird, a 23-year-old who missed this season following shoulder surgery, is projected by the Yankees as Teixeira's successor.

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