Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Braves Trade Mark Teixeira

This just in........

The Atlanta Braves have traded 1st baseman Mark Teixeira to the Los Angeles Angles.....

From ESPN.com:

Sources: Braves deal Teixeira to Angels for Kotchman

Updated: July 29, 2008, 6:04 PM ET

One of the biggest names bandied about as Thursday's trade deadline approaches has found a new home.

Mark Teixeira


Casey Kotchman


Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Tuesday that Atlanta Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira is headed to the Los Angeles Angels for Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Steven Marek.

Kotchman was pulled off the field during pregame warmups at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon, further fueling speculation that a deal was in place.

Teixeira was traded to the Braves from the Texas Rangers in a deadline deal last season, but he is in the last year of his contract. With Atlanta falling out of contention, it seemed logical that the team would try to move him.

The switch-hitting Teixeira is batting .283 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs this season.

Kotchman, who is known as much for his defense at first base as his bat, is batting .287 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs for the first-place Angels.

Jayson Stark covers major league baseball for ESPN.com.

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