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This one stings a lot right now.
In a last-ditch effort to acquire an impact bat (amid the downfall of Andruw Jones), GM John Schuerholz made his final major trade by bringing in 1B Mark Teixeira.
One of the game's best young sluggers, Teixeira would have commanded a high price from any team. Though he was only under contract for another year and a half.
Atlanta gave up its shortstop of the future in Andrus, their backup catcher/first baseman of the future in Saltalamacchia, and two of their best young pitching prospects in Feliz and Harrison.
Though too soon to accurately judge the impact of this trade, Andrus has excelled in his rookie season in Texas, Feliz remains the Rangers' top pitching prospect, and Harrison showed glimpses of stardom before landing on the DL.
The Teixeira experiment was a big gamble for the Braves, and they went all in to land him. In his one full season, he put up big numbers (37 HR, 134 RBI), but was not the clutch power bat that would vault them back into the playoffs.
In 2008, during his contract year, Tex was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels for 1B Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Steve Marek.
Just imagine if Adam LaRoche were never dealt to the Pirates before the 2007 season. The Scott Thorman experiment would not have happened, and Teixeira may never have come to town. But then again, we'd be stuck with Adam LaRoche.