Angels Land Teixeira

The Braves have sent Mark Teixiera to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and Stephen MarekAccording 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.         

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  • Teixiera now has the highest OPS+ on that Angels team (139). Howie Kendrick has 125 and Vlad is at 121.
    This is some bullshit. The last goddamn thing the Angels needed to do was get some offense.

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 6:41 pm
  • I’ve been a fan of Kotchman, fantasy-wise, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens now that he’s in Atl. I also have Teixiera in my fantasy league, so that’s definitely a step up.
    But ya, the Angels? As if they haven’t already been lucky this year..

    Lar July 29, 2008, 6:46 pm
  • As if they haven’t already been lucky this year..
    Now they don’t need to be lucky. Damnit.
    So do you think Tex will get to Boston in time to pinch-hit later in the game?

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 6:48 pm
  • That would be amusing. Actually, in the same daily fantasy league, I was going to take him out, but I don’t have anyone healthy on the bench. So I hope he does! ;P
    Probably not though. I imagine they have to do physicals and all that stuff..

    Lar July 29, 2008, 6:51 pm
  • And Kotchman has been superhot lately, so maybe the Sox lucked out. At least for this game..

    Lar July 29, 2008, 6:52 pm
  • This deal pisses me off more and more as I think about it. Poor Teixiera is going to be forced to bunt in stupid situations even though he’s OPS+’ing 139. Stupid Scioscia.

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 6:56 pm
  • So, what do we think, Sox fans? Should Theo have accepted Atlanta’s offer of Teixeira for Youk/Hansen? I vote no.

    stuck working July 29, 2008, 6:58 pm
  • On a happier note, Manny is OPS’ing 1.324 since July 7.
    Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I need to cheer myself up after seeing Tex go to LA.

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 6:58 pm
  • Youk has been too good this year to give up for Tex ALONE, let alone with Hansen thrown in. Hansen plus a prospect would have been worth it.
    The Angels got a bloody steal on this deal. That pitcher doesn’t look to be anything special.

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 7:00 pm
  • I gotta say, I didn’t think the Angels would swing this. Their front office has been pretty poor on trades and terrible at free agent signings.

    stuck working July 29, 2008, 7:04 pm
  • Ath – I wouldn’t say it’s a steal, only because it’s a rental. So we’ll see how it works out for them..

    Lar July 29, 2008, 7:06 pm
  • I think they’ll extend him, Lar. They can afford it.

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 7:08 pm
  • Everyone cool if we also turn this into the Sox/Angels gamer?

    stuck working July 29, 2008, 7:15 pm
  • i put a sox gamer up at the top.

    Nick-YF July 29, 2008, 7:16 pm
  • Ath – his agent is Scott Boras though. So he might/probably test free agency first..

    Lar July 29, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • “Should Theo have accepted Atlanta’s offer of Teixeira for Youk/Hansen?”
    That’s a double “Hell No” given what they DID take.
    Atlanta got fleeced on that deal.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 29, 2008, 9:41 pm
  • Manny talks heating up, according to another writer who can say such stuff and be wrong and noone will remember:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/07/29/manny.dodgers/index.html

    SF July 29, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • I like Matt Kemp a lot, and Pat Burrell is one of the few players attainable who is putting up Mannyish numbers this seasons. He’s also a free agent at the end of the season, so the Phillies have a reason to trade him.

    Atheose July 29, 2008, 10:24 pm
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim = 2008 World Series Champs
    Sox = 2008 AL East Champs
    Yankees = a rotting pile of garbage

    krueg July 30, 2008, 9:50 am

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