Angels Make World Series Push with Teixeira Addition

July 30, 2008 at 3:03 am 6 comments


The Angels quest for a World Series title just got a lot stronger. The Angels landed slugging firstbaseman Mark Teixeira from the Braves in exchange for firstbaseman Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Stephen Marek. This was a no-brainer for the Angels.

Teixeira comes in and is the immediate leader on the team in homers (20), doubles (27), walks (65), RBI (78), SLUG (.512), OBP (.390), and OPS (.902). The current leaders in those categories are homers – Vladimir Guerrero (17), doubles – Torii Hunter (24), walks – Chone Figgins (40), RBI – Vlad and Hunter (54), SLUG – Howie Kendrick (.491), OBP – Figgins (.373), OPS – Kendrick (.845).

Teixeira also adds a plus-plus glove at first. His power and patience are the main ingredients added to this mix because as you can see above those are the most needed of all things for the team that has the best record in all of baseball. The Angels currently rank 19th in the majors in runs, tied for last in doubles, 22nd in homers, and 22nd in SLUG.

They have one of the best pitching staffs and one of the best defenses. This move makes them World Series favorites in my eyes.

The Braves get two good players in return. One, in Kotchman, that will take over firstbase right away and play there for a while. He has a plus glove and a great eye at the plate but needs to be more patient like years past. He has moderate power and makes a lot of hard contact. At his peak he should be a .300/.375/.475 player with a plus glove.

Here is a scouting report of minor league pitcher Stephen Marek by Keith Law over at the 4-letter:

The second player going to Atlanta, Double-A right-hander Stephen Marek, has a live arm attached to a bad body. Given an $800,000 bonus as a draft-and-follow signing, Marek works with a low-90s fastball, a curveball that flashes plus with good bite, and an average changeup that he doesn’t use as often now that he’s working as a reliever. His delivery isn’t smooth and his command is below average, especially with the breaking ball.

Both players are easily more than the two potential draft picks the Braves would’ve gotten if they kept Teixeira and let him walk.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  July 30, 2008 at 8:46 am

    To be honest I like this deal for a number of reasons. Most of them the guy ahead of me in my Rotisserie league had Teixeira and it gives me a boost in that respect.

    But the Braves got the better of the deals because Kotchman isn’t that much of a drop off from Teixeira in most of the stats. He’s under control until 2011 and they get a middle reliever for a 2 month rental. Teixeira adds some pop to the Angels who only had Vlad so it made sense. And who knows after October where Tex will sign.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I like the deal for both parties but for the Angels most. I think Teixeira is a huge upgrade over Kotchman. Tex has more power, more patience, more glove, and more experience. Sure they lose Kotchman for the future but they can replace him in the offseason. Plus the Angels will most likely get two draft picks for him.

  • 3. MikeMcGinnis  |  July 30, 2008 at 9:49 am

    yeah the angels are going for it all with this move. the real interesting question is the off-season. will the halos let both vlad and k-rod go and sign mark texeria? or do they try to sign both texeria and vlad? ahhh the intrigue!

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I think they let K-Rod go with his contract demands. Vlad has an option that will be picked up. I think they try for Tex but if the $20-$25M demands don’t come down they will walk away and go back to K-Rod.

  • 5. Eddie  |  July 30, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I’m an angels fan and i watch Kotchman day in and out. It’s sad to see him go but thats buisnees, he will be a GOOD brave for years to come.

    and jonathan I’m sorry but there is NO way Text is better defensively than Kotch

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 30, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Kotchman and Teixeira are close but Teixeira is slightly better. Most scouts would agree and the numbers are in Teixeira’s favor. Tex 4th in RZR Kotchman 5th, Tex slighty ahead in fielding percentage, Tex has 3 more out of zone plays than Kotchman, Tex 3rd in Range Factor Kotchman 10th, Zone Rating Tex 1st Kotchman 12th. I prefer a scouts take over these fielding numbers and all signs point to Tex being better.


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