On July 30, 2007, the Texas Rangers traded star 1B Mark Teixeira, who had just turned down a 8-year $140 million contract extension, and LHP Ron Mahay to the Atlanta Braves, they received five players, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus, LHP Beau Jones, LHP Matt Harrison, and RHP Neftali Feliz. The Braves flipped Teixeira a year later for RHP Stephen Marek, and 1B Casey Kotchman.
Atlanta gave up a lot, they were trading for 1 1/2 years of one of the top sluggers in the game, but was it too much?
In a season’s worth of at-bats for the Braves, Teixeira carried to team, hitting, .295, with 37 HR, 134 RBI, and 101 R. No doubt star numbers.
Ron Mahay put up his usual strong middle relief numbers in his half season with the Braves.
The Teixeira flip has turned out to be a disaster, not only did Atlanta miss out on compensation draft picks, Kotchman, the main player in the deal has been horrible, .258 AVG, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 37 R. This in 441 PA. Marek, touted in a relief role, has a 7.5 BB/9 rate, and a 6.9 SO/9 rate. You do the math. The Tex flip was a complete disaster.
The Rangers took it to the bank.
Saltalamacchia, while not having lived up to his offensive potential, has provided solid defense, and works very well with the pitching staff.
Andrus, making his major league debut this year, has been very good defensively this year, with plus speed on the basepaths offensively. He could use a little more work on his plate discipline, though.
Harrison has had an up-and-down season in Texas’ starting rotation. This has been brought on by some bad luck, and that he doesn’t strike out many. He should stay in the Rangers’ rotation for a long time.
Feliz is the best player in this trade by far. Dominating in AAA, striking out many, walking few, rarely allowing a longball, Feliz will dominate: 2010.
Jones has been the only huge flop for the Rangers. He’s young, but toiling at Class-A+, walking too many batters, and getting shelled in a relief role.
The Mark Teixeira trade can go down as one of the worst in Braves history. They emptied the farm system, for a great player, who then failed to take them to their goal, the playoffs. The Rangers took it to the bank, and are on the edge of a star-filled future.