The Atlanta Braves have traded 28-year old switch hitting 1B Mark Teixeira to the Angels for 25-year old lefty swinging Casey Kotchman and 24-year old righty reliever Stephen Marek. Teixeira is going to be a free agent at the end of the season and the Braves weren’t going to re-sign him at the end of the season anyway so this was a solid return for him. Teixeira has played in 103 games this season for the Braves and he was 108 for 381 (.283 avg, .902 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 20 homers and 78 RBIs. The Braves will likely look to trade a couple of more veterans before the trade deadline on Thursday and it appears that they will get good value back for their players like they did in this trade.
25-year old lefty swinging Casey Kotchman doesn’t have Teixeira’s power but he’s still a solid hitter. Not only that, but he’s a tremendous defensive 1B. He played in 100 games for the Angels this season and he was 107 for 373 (.287 avg, .775 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 12 homers and 54 RBIs. Kotchman is also a fantastic contact hitter as he has only whiffed 23 times this season. Kotchman has played in 351 games in his major league career and he is 311 for 1,137 (.274 avg, .763 OPS) with 140 runs scored, 31 homers and 165 RBIs. Kotchman is a solid player and he should anchor the teams’ infield defensive for quite some time. 24-year old righty reliever Stephen Marek is one of the finest relievers in the minors and he should develop into a pitcher that can work late in games in the near future for the Braves. Marek was the Angels’ #6 prospect in their system coming into the season according to Baseball America. Marek has pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AA ball this season and he was 2-6 with 3 saves, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Marek has also whiffed 57 batters in only 46.2 innings this season in the minors which shows how nasty his stuff is. This was a fine trade for both teams as Teixeira will help the Angels in the quest for a World Series Championship and Kotchman and Marek will help the Braves win in the future.