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Angels join D-backs in Teixeira sweepstakes


Angels join D-backs in Teixeira sweepstakes
Almost immediately after the Braves decided to trade Mark Teixeira on Monday, the Diamondbacks emerged as the apparent front-runner to land the switch-hitting first baseman.

The Angels, however, also are in the mix.

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Not only do the Angels want Teixeira, but they also would be interested in an expanded deal that would include one of the Braves' left-handed relievers, Will Ohman or Mike Gonzalez, according to major-league sources.

The Angels would not include either right-hander Ervin Santana or left-hander Joe Saunders in a Teixeira package, sources say. But they would be willing to make the move if the price was first baseman Casey Kotchman and outfielder Juan Rivera plus a third piece, most likely a prospect.

Angels general manager Tony Reagins told the Los Angeles Times that he would "look at" a Teixeira trade, but called the possibility "unlikely," Another source with knowledge of the club's plans described the Angels' chances of acquiring a hitter as "remote at best."

The Braves' preference in any Teixeira trade is a first baseman whom they could keep beyond this season. However, they are expected to consider all types of players, including young prospects with high upsides.

The Diamondbacks, sources say, will not part with first baseman Conor Jackson for Teixeira, who is a free agent at the end of the season. But they would be open to moving Chad Tracy, who is signed for $4.75 million next season with a $7 million option for 2010.

The Braves would want at least one other quality player to go with Tracy, who also plays third and could help the team protect against injury to Chipper Jones. Right-hander Micah Owings, a pitcher the Diamondbacks offered to the Nationals in their discussions over right-hander Jon Rauch, could be one possibility.

The Diamondbacks would not trade either of their top pitching prospects, right-hander Max Scherzer or right-hander Jarrod Parker. But lesser pitchers such as righty Billy Buckner as well as center fielder Gerardo Parra and infielder Jamie D'Antona are among the prospects who could be in play.

Jackson would remain in left field if the Diamondbacks acquired Teixeira, then return to first base next season when Eric Byrnes recovers from his torn left hamstring. The D-Backs would not attempt to sign Teixeira long-term, instead accepting two premium draft picks when he departs as a free agent.

The Dodgers and Rays also are among the clubs that have previously shown interest in Teixeira, and both have young players who interest the Braves. But the Dodgers, set at first with James Loney for four more years, have little interest in Teixeira, who is a free agent at the end of the season. And the Rays, seeking long-term success, are less motivated than other clubs to acquire a rental player.

The Yankees and Red Sox are on the periphery of the Teixeira discussions, sources say; the Red Sox are aggressively shopping left fielder Manny Ramirez, but a Ramirez-for-Teixeira exchange would make little sense for the Braves, who are essentially conceding their season.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 29, 2008

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