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Braves trade Teixeira to Angels

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The LAA of A have made a huge upgrade to their struggling offense by trading for 1B Mark Teixeira from the Braves. They recieved 1B Casey Kotchman and minor league P Steven Marek in return. The Angels have scored less runs, hit less homers, and have a lower OBP and SLG that our offensively-challenged Indians, so this was much needed for them. He is also plays great defense at first base. I would say this makes them the favorites in the AL (and therefore in all of baseball). I don't know enough about the minor league pitcher to say if Atlanta got a fair return for Teixeira. The Braves traded him less than a year after getting him in a deal from the Rangers and signing him to a 1 year, 12.5 million dollar contract in the offseason.