Complements of Aje.com, we see that Mark Teixeira has been traded again, this time to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of California, where a 5.4 earthquake hit today. Having been rumored to be on the block for several days now, and assumed for quite a bit longer, this comes as no surprise. Though I’ve got to say I didn’t really expect the Angels to be big players before the trade deadline. They already hold the best record in baseball and already hold one of the best power hitters in the league in Vlad Guerrero. But they make the deal and have to be considered a legit contender for the AL crown.
Both Boston and Tampa have shown serious cracks on the road and who knows, Manny Ramirez might get traded to the Mets before the week is done. The leaders of the Central are the White Sox and Twins, both of whom are good stories since they weren’t supposed to be that great (especially the Twinkies after losing Torii Hunter and Johan Santana), but are not actually challengers I don’t think.
The Braves have probably filled their quota with this big trade and we can probably expect Trey to come back down from the ledge of a really tall building since Jeff Francoeur doesn’t appear to be on the block anymore. They do need to get some younger pitching, and since they got Stephen Marek, who I understand to be at least a decent prospect, they’ve helped in that regard. Sitting seven games under .500 at this point, below even the Marlins, Atlanta has no hope this year and can go ahead and start planning for 2009. So, I guess I applaud the trade since they get something for Tex, instead of nothing. Though it did cost them five prospects last year to get him, so maybe it ends up being a bigger loss than win. They didn’t make the playoffs in 2007 and essentially they traded five prospects for Casey Kotchman and a AA pitcher.
Prizz, Trey: thoughts?