Teixeira Traded

So we got our big deadline deal, as the Braves send first baseman Mark Teixeira back to the American League West, getting first baseman Casey Kotchman in return from the Angels.

This is a big deal, for 2 reasons. First of all, the Angels, already the best team in baseball at the moment, are adding a switch hitter hitting .283 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI’s this season, and who has won 2 Gold Gloves in his career, to hit in front of Vladmir Guerrero. Secondly, this is a fundamental change in attitude from the Angels, who have in the past been reluctant to go after big deadline deals, especially for “rental players,” guys whose contracts are expiring at the end of the season, like Teixeira in order to make a short term push.

In any event, this may make Anaheim the league’s best team on paper, to go along with their record. There’s very few things they don’t do well, and Teixeira is an upgrade on all fronts at first base. There’s also no reason to think that Anaheim wouldn’t be able to resign the 28 year old to a long term deal after the season, especially if they have a good postseason. I’d also venture that this makes a Manny Ramirez trade extremely unlikely.