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Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay (Braves) for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, Beau Jones (Rangers)
Then, one year later: Mark Teixeira (Angels) for Stephen Marek and Casey Kotchman
This is mostly on Atlanta. They gave up FIVE prospects and got two in return. Marek is 25 and floundering in AA. Kotchman is 26 and average offensively for a first baseman. (He has a 100 OPS+ this year.)
Salty (as he will be called here; his name is a NIGHTMARE to spell) is 24 and one of the Rangers' highly-touted young catchers. Andrus is 20 and already starting at shortstop for the Rangers. Feliz is one of the Rangers’ top pitching prospects and, at 21, is in AAA.
Tex was outstanding in Atlanta (OPS+ in his two partial seasons with the Braves: 163 and 136), but he could not get the Braves past the Mets and Phillies.
He was doing outstanding the next season when the Angels practically stole him. He hit .358/13/43, with an OPS+ of 180, to take the Angels to the playoffs. What’s more, they got a compensation pick for him signing with the Yankees. (I only add this to show how badly the Braves were duped.)