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Good Trade All Around
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/29/2008 3:44:00 PM
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The Angels were very un-Angel-like in trading for Mark Teixeira on Tuesday. When was the last time they pulled off an impact deadline trade? But I like this trade because both teams make out pretty well, though I've already heard criticism that the Braves didn't get enough. Bollocks. Kotchman hit more doubles than Teixeira in a similar number of games last year and is on the same pace as him this year. The Braves lose some HR power, but the drop isn't huge, and they lose nothing in defense. Most important, of course, Teixeira only had two months left as a Brave. The Angels get an upgrade in home-run power, which they needed considering their run-scoring woes, and lose basically nothing. And the Angels don't have to re-sign Teixeira to justify the trade because they have Kendry Morales in Triple-A. Good trade all around.


The Braves clearly got the better end of the deal. Kotchman still has a lot of upside, and I don't see Tex being the missing piece to a championship for the Halos. I gotta think the Braves do this deal without Marek, he was just icing on the cake.
Posted by kevinccp at 7/29/2008 4:23:00 PM
Would you do this deal as a fantasy owner? Think about it. If Teix is a C, but Kotchman is an A, and price wasn't an issue, which side would you prefer? I say Kotchman. And I don't think it matters if you are a contending or a rebuilding team - the difference between Kotchman and Teix isn't enough, IMO, to justify losing two years of Kotchman, even for a contender.
Posted by MPStopa at 7/29/2008 4:36:00 PM
Finally an Angels GM realized that just because you can win your division every year does not mean you have a championship quality team. Going the un-Arte Morneo route and trading young talent for a proven rent a player my be the missing ingredient that finally pushes Anaheim over the hump and gets them that second ring. With a pitching rotation loaded with Lackey, Santana, Weaver, and Saunders and K-Rod closing games out, LOOK OUT!
Posted by rhorow1 at 7/29/2008 4:38:00 PM
Stopa, I see your point, but also consider that the Angels can re-sign Teixeira because they have a ton of cash coming off the books next year (Vlad, GA, Garland, K-rod for nearly $50M). So would you want Kotchman or Teixeira for the next few years? I don't know that Teixeira is the "missing piece," but he'll help a team that looked like it had no shot in the playoffs because it can't score.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 7/29/2008 4:56:00 PM
kevinccp -- Braves asked for Marek because had they lost Tex to free agency, they would have gotten two prospects in return. It really was just icing. Had it not been Marek, it would have been someone else.
Posted by mrusignola at 7/29/2008 5:15:00 PM

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