Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Teixeira is an Angel

ESPN is reporting that the Braves have traded Mark Teixeira to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and a minor leaguer (reportedly Stephen Marek).

While I'm AMAZED that the Halos actually made a deal during the season, and I'm very happy to get Teixeira in Angels red, I'm really going to miss Casey Kotchman.

Here's hoping that a contract extension will be announced shortly. I cannot imagine Arte Moreno "renting" a player of Teixeira's quality without the intention of signing him to a long-term deal. If that's the case though, the price of the rental was too high. Kotchman may not ever be a super-star, but he's a solid first-baseman with a ton of potential.

SO I wonder which set will have the first cards of Mark in his new Angel uniform, plus when's his first game? I know it won't be tonight, and Kotchman has already been pulled from the stadium in Boston.


  1. So how good is Kotchman anyway? I know he's been a top prospect and looking over his stats it looks like he's developing into a good player, but being a NL fan on the East coast I'm not sure I've seen him play more than once or twice. How's his defense? Out pitching staff needs all the help they can get right now.

  2. Casey is a fine player, one that I'm really going to miss. He's a great first baseman, and can really stretch when he needs to.

    Honestly, as an Angel fan I have VERY mixed emotions about this trade. While I'm happy we FINALLY win the sweepstakes for a proven player this late in the season, I'm really sad to see Casey go. REALLY sad.

    I hope he does really well with the Braves, you've got yourself a good ballplayer down there.

  3. Well, eTopps already has a card of C.C. Sabathia as a Brewer, so I wouldn't be surprised to see an eTopps card of Teixeira as an Angel very soon. I predict eTopps will be first.

  4. Well, if that's the case, I might have to pick up one of those. There may not be very many cards showing Teixeira as an Angel, so I'll want to get as many as I can.