Have any of you guys actually watched Kotchman play?
He is very decent and still young. Definitely better than Chad Tracy (one of the only other offers I've been hearing about)
The Braves were in spot where they needed to unload him or take their chances in the draft.
Obviously if they could have gotten more for Teixeira....THEY WOULD HAVE.
John Schuerholz, though no longer the acting GM, is still in the organization. They are going to make the best move they can. It cracks me up how so many people on here talk like they know more than an organization that won 13 Division tittles in a row. (We're not talking about a crap organization here. The Braves are run pretty well.)
MLB Trade Rumors.com
Mark Teixeira Traded To Angels
By Tim Dierkes [July 29 at 4:51pm CST]
4:50pm: Jayson Stark has the scoop - Mark Teixeira is headed to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and another player. MLB.com's Lyle Spencer says the second player is relief prospect Stephen Marek.
Solid return for the Braves, certainly beats a couple of draft picks of unknown position. Kotchman is under team control through 2011.
The Braves basically got 80% or so of what Teixeira is, as well as a cheap player who is control until 2011.
They also got a young arm that I don't know too much about, so I can't speculate on.
I'm not saying the Angel's didn't get a good deal here too, of course they did. But I still believe the Braves got the best deal they could for him, and got better than the draft picks they would have gotten.
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