Teixeira to Braves is very close to done

July 30, 2007 at 10:31 am 6 comments

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The Atlanta Braves appear to be the winner for the right to acquire first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Texas Rangers.

A preliminary agreement has been reached between the teams for Atlanta to receive Teixeira and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay from Texas for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, minor league shortstop Elvis Andrus and two minor league pitchers.

Baseball America rates Saltalamacchia and Andrus as the Braves’ top two prospects in their organization.

The Fort-Worth Star Telegram, citing a Rangers source, is reporting that the two pitchers Texas will receive are 19-year-old right-hander Nestali Feliz and another pitcher to be determined.

The deal will be finalized once players’ medical records are reviewed. Major League Baseball’s deadline to trade players without securing waivers is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Teixeira, a 27-year-old switch-hitting slugger, has won two Gold Gloves at first base. He is batting .297 this season with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. Since breaking into the majors with Texas in 2003, Teixeira has had seasons of 26, 38, 43 and 33 home runs.

Only Ralph Kiner, Albert Pujols and Eddie Mathews hit more than the 140 homers that Teixeira had in his first four major league seasons. He had at least 33 homers and 110 RBIs in each of the past three.

Teixeira missed 27 games because of a strained left quadriceps muscle sustained running out a ground ball. The Rangers were 16-11 when he was out of the lineup after he played in a team record 507 consecutive games. He will be eligible for salary arbitration after making $9 million this season.

Among the teams that reportedly negotiated with the Rangers for Teixeira were the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox.

The Braves are giving up a lot for 1B Mark Teixeira. This move also makes it seem like the Braves won’t be able to sign Andruw Jones in the off-season unless they don’t give Teixeira a long-term deal. But with what the Braves had to give up in Salty and Andrus it wouldn’t make sense for Teixeira to be a season and a half rental.

But for now the move is a great one for Atlanta. Look for them to make a huge run at the NL East title.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

Information from ESPN’s Peter Gammons, ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark, and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MikeMcGinnis  |  July 30, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    huge splash for the braves i think it will get them the wild card but i will stick with the mets getting the NL east flag because they have better starting pitching than the braves.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    I’m still torn on the NL East. It is going to be one of the best races to watch in Sept.

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  • 3. charlie  |  July 31, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    The Braves are seriously in business after this trade deadline. With a new Gold Glove power hitting one bagger. A Closer that will be a top notch setup man Dotel for only Kyle Davies away. Can you say good bye Bob Wickman? Between a heathly Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano, and Octavio Dotel, they are set.

    I don’t forsee them passing the Mets, but I do think they have a real good shot at winning the Wild Card. It should come down to: Cubs/Brewers, Dodgers/Padres, and the Braves. I think the Braves could use one more starting pitcher, however, with the other teams a touch bit more complete.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 31, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I do think the Braves are the front runners now for the NL East. The Mets missed out on an arm and Carlos Beltran is about to hit the DL. The Phillies are also going to fight.

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  • 5. Tag Galvin  |  August 1, 2007 at 8:04 am

    This was an awesome move for the Braves. They bring in a complete player, not to mention a Georgia Tech grad.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 1, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Good call on the Georgia Tech grad! We know the Braves love local boys like him, Francouer, and 1st round draft pick Jason Heyward.

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