The Braves have sent Mark Teixiera to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek. According to Baseball America, Marek is the #6 ranked prospect in the Angels system and "profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation starter." On the surface it appears that the Braves got pretty good value for a rental player. Kotchman is a sound defensive first baseman. He is having a down season offensively, but at 25 there is still plenty of upside. Unfortunately for both the Yankees and Red Sox, the best team in the American League just got better.