The Angels have acquired 28-year old switch hitting 1B Mark Teixeira from the Braves for 25-year old lefty swinging 1b Casey Kotchman and 24-year old righty reliever Stephen Marek. Getting Teixeira will make the Angels’ lineup lethal as teams will not be able to pitch around Vladimir Guerrero any more. Teixeira has played in 103 games for the Braves this season and he is 108 for 381 (.283 avg, .902 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 20 homers and 78 RBIs. Teixeira had a huge 2nd half of the season for the Braves last year and the Angels are banking on him doing that for them this season. He has now played in 850 games in his major league career and he is 920 for 3,221 (.286 avg, .909 OPS) with 527 runs scored, 190 homers and 633 RBIs. This was a good move for the Angels who have acquired the best hitter on the trade market and he helps against both righties and lefties.
25-year old Casey Kotchman has developed into a really good player for the Angels but you have to give up something to get something. The lefty swinging Kotchman 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 was also a great contact hitter this season as he only whiffed 23 times for the Angels this season. The Angels might also miss his mitt a little bit despite Teixeira being a solid defender. 24-year old righty reliever Stephen Marek was the #6 prospect in the Angels’ system coming into the season according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AA ball this season and he is 2-6 with 3 saves, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Marek has also whiffed 57 batters in the minors in only 46.2 innings this season which shows what kind of stuff he has.
This was a trade that will help both teams…..the Angels now and the Braves later. That’s unless the Angels re-sign Teixeira after the season which would give the clear edge to the Angels.