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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Braves - Acquired Teixeira
Atlanta Braves - Acquired 1B Mark Teixeira and P Ron Mahay from the Texas Rangers for C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus, P Matt Harrison, P Beau Jones, and P Neftali Feliz.
Now this is the big deadline trade, one of the biggest in some time. I’m guessing that this isn’t primarily for Ron Mahay.
This might be the move that bids farewell to Andruw Jones as the Braves are going to have to pony up and pay Tex with the amount of talent they’re investing in him. And they’re going to have to pay a lot if the reports that Teixeira turned down an 8-year, $140 million contract are true. The Braves at least have some time to evaluate if Teixeira will be worth the price and won’t necessarily have to start shelling out big dough until 2009. The outfielder-turned-pitcher Mahay has been about as solid a LOOGY as there is in baseball, with the exception of 2005 which is looking like an anomaly at this point.
With McCann on the team, Salty’s value to the Braves wasn’t as high as it is for most other teams in baseball. Laird is doing his best to demonstrate that he’s not a long-term solution and Saltalamacchia instantly becomes the best catcher in the organization. The other four add tremendous depth to the organization - Andrus is highly considered, though years away, Harrison should be a good middle-of-the-rotation guy if he’s healthy, and Jones and Feliz are live arms with upside, especially the latter.
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