ESPN: Teixeira to Angels for Kotchman

Sorry to disappoint all those wishing Mark Teixeira would join the Yankees at some point (count me among your ranks hoping for him in next year’s free agent market), but ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting that the Angels have traded first baseman Casey Kotchman and minor-league pitcher Steven Marek to the Braves for Teixeira. The involvement of the 25 year-old Kotchman (12 HR, 54 RBI, .287/.327) and reliever Marek (also 25; 2-6, 3.66 ERA, 57 K/46 2/3 IP) leads me to believe that the Angels won’t treat Teixeira as a two-plus month rental, but would be inclined to sign him to a big contract after this year and not allow him to become a free agent. Teixeira (20 HR, 78 RBI, .283/.390) should boost the Angels’ offense, which is 9th in the AL in runs (474) and batting average (.261), and 10th in OBP (.322). Big move by the front-runner in the AL–and right before their upcoming four-game series in The Bronx later this week.

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. yeah it couldn’t have come at a worse time for us–with the added little bonus that kotchman won’t be playing against boston tonight, but i dont think that tex will be there yet.

    i’m sure that they have every intention of signing him during the of-season- no other good reason to lose kotchman who is very good.

    i really would have loved to see tex in pinstripes, but i’m sure it wont happen now

  2. I too would like to think the Yanks have a free-agent shot at him, Mike, but the Angels often show the willingness to spend, so I’m not at all optimistic. Hunter and Vlad make big bucks, so the Angels commit the salary to their stars. Plus, the team might pass on Anderson’s $14 million option, Garland makes $12 million this year and his contract is up, and they might shed them to pay more for Weaver, Kendrick, Figgins and upgrade with other moves. The Angels made a huge upgrade today.

  3. yeah- they really have their best chance to win it all this year and i dont blame them one bit for not going all out for it. i’m hoping that we are looking good when we face them in a few days

  4. I, for one, think the Angels won this trade. It seemed to be, really, a swap of 1st basemen to me, because all the Braves got was Kotchman and a 25-year-old AA reliever. That’s not that impressive. Here I thought that Texeira would get huge value, big prospects in big amounts. I guess the Braves were REALLY desperate to trade Texeira. Anyway, go Angels, they solidified their offense significantly while getting the great defense they got from Kotchman. Now the Angels have a legit chance of the World Series.

  5. I think Bora$$ is his agent, so you know he’d at least test the market.

    Meanwhile, who needs Tiex yet? Lackey has a **-** through six up at Fenway.

  6. I’ll raise you a Texeira.

  7. How bout a few happy notes; Wang got his cast off today, Phil & Carl are having work in Scranton, Matsui due back in two weeks. I think the Angels are going to handle the Redsox so let’s see how the Yanks manage against them this week.

  8. Carl & Phil throw five shut out innings. Phil earns the win in Charlston.

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