Holy Halo!: Mark Teixeria Traded to the Angels

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJuly 29, 2008

Most American League players and fans won't be sleeping peaceful tonight.

Today, a day before the Trade Deadline the Los Angeles Angels upgraded their lineup by acquiring power hitting, first baseman, Mark Teixiera from the Atlanta Braves. In return, the Braves receive up-and-coming first baseman, Casey Kotchman and a minor league pitcher, Steve Marek.

This deal definitely moves the Angels up on power ranking sheets of all sorts. Teixeira brings a big stick to the park and also a ton of leather. In his five seasons in the majors, Teixeira has been awarded two Silver Slugger awards and two Gold Glove awards.

The deal also makes Los Angeles one of the most feared lineups in the entire league. They now sit pretty with other teams like the Red Sox, Tigers and Cubs with their talent filled lineups. Along with Vladimir Guerrero, Garrett Anderson and Torii Hunter, Mark Teixeira adds another huge bat to the lineup.

Atlanta got in return a pretty good first baseman in Casey Kotchman. Kotchman is hitting .287 this season with 12 homers and 54 runs batted in. Casey's four years of expirience has gotten him a .274 career average with only 31 long balls. Kotchman does hold his own over at first though, a career .997 fielding percentage ranks among the best.

The Braves also received minor league pitcher, Steve Marek, who ranked 9th on the prospect list for the Halos. Marek isn't having a great season at Double-A Arkansas so far this season with a record of just 2-5 and a 3.71 earned run average. Marek does have a huge K upside though, through just 43 innings this year, Marek has struck out 54 and only allowed 19 walks.

So tonight, let the Angels fans cheer and the rest of the American League shrivel up in the closest corner they can find. This trade makes me believe that the Angels have a huge chance of winning a ring in October.