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Date: July 31, 2007
Rangers: CP Neftali Feliz, SS Elvis Andrus, SP Matt Harrison, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, RP Beau Jones
This trade is a big reason why the Rangers have won back-to-back AL pennants as it gave them three key contributors.
A top starting pitching prospect, Neftali Feliz was shifted to the closer's role for the 2010 season as he opened his rookie year in the bullpen. He went on to make the All-Star team and won AL Rookie of the Year with a whopping 40 saves. In two seasons as the stopper, he had 72 saves and a 2.73 ERA, and he has since been moved to the rotation.
Andrus, a slick-fielding shortstop whose offense was a question mark at the time of the trade, has been a staple at shortstop since 2009. His rookie season, he hit .267 and stole 33 bases while playing superb defense to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting, and he has only gotten better since.
Harrison joined the Rangers rotation midway through the 2008 season but truly broke out last season when he went 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA, and he should be a solid bottom-of-the-rotation guy for the next several year.
Perhaps, the biggest prospect in the trade at the time though was Saltalamacchia, as he was a Top-50 prospect in 2006 and 2007. While he was never able to catch on in Texas, he has turned into a solid all-around backstop in Boston and is in the middle of the best season of his career this year.
Braves: 1B Mark Teixeira, RP Ron Mahay
In the midst of a playoff push, the Braves decided to go for it and dealt a handful of their top prospects for Rangers slugger Mark Teixeira. He went on to hit .317 BA, 17 HR, 56 RBI in just 54 games, but in the end the Braves did not make the postseason. He was traded midway through the next season to the Angels for first base prospect Casey Kotchman.