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The Teixeira Trade, Four Years Later

Written by Joe Lucia on .

The Mark Teixeira trade between the Rangers and the Braves happened more than four years ago. I thought that today, I'd take a look at the ramifications of the trade, since the Rangers are two wins away from their second straight AL pennant. A number of the players involved in the trade are contributing to this Rangers team, and I was thinking about how the 2011 Braves would look if some of these guys were still in Atlanta.

First off, the particulars of the trade. The Braves acquired Teixeira (along with reliever Ron Mahay) in exchange for a mountain of players: Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Beau Jones and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. A year later, the Braves would send Teixeira to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek.

For the record, I had no problem with the deal at the time. The Braves needed an upgrade at first base (because the current starter was....Scott Thorman. Yes, THAT Scott Thorman), Teixeira was available, and he seemed like an obvious fit. To his credit, he did exactly what the Braves expected him to do. He played in 157 games in Atlanta, had a .295/.395/.548 line, and was worth 6.1 fWAR. In the three and a half seasons since Teixeira was traded away, Braves first basemen have been worth a cumulative fWAR of 4.8 fWAR. This inclues full seasons from Casey Kotchman and Freddie Freeman, and half seasons of Derrek Lee, Troy Glaus and Adam LaRoche. So uh....yeah, the position continues to suffer after the trade.

But what would the players that were sent to Atlanta do for the Braves right now? The Braves appeared to be set at shortstop with Yunel Escobar, but dealt him away at last year's trade deadline. In the three seasons that Elvis Andrus has been in the majors with the Rangers, he's been worth 10.1 fWAR, stealing at least 30 bases in all three seasons, playing stellar deefnse, and even walking a good bit. Escobar and Alex Gonzalez have combined for 7.4 fWAR over that same time, with both men experiencing more success with the Blue Jays than with the Braves. Both players were excellent defensively, but Gonzalez has been pretty terrible on offense in his year and a half with Atlanta. The Braves would have been much better off with Escobar in the long-term, but are also in a much better place having Andrus than Gonzalez.

Over his first three seasons in Arlington, Matt Harrison didn't look like he would be much of anything in the majors. He didn't strike anyone out, and the ball was flying out of the yard like crazy. Then this season, something happened. Harrison threw 185 2/3 innings of 3.39 ERA ball, and was worth 4.2 fWAR. He cut his homer rate in half, and became a damn good pitcher this season for the Rangers. That 4.2 fWAR would have led the Braves staff in 2011.

2010 Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz is one of the top closers in the American League, but the Braves appear to be set there with Craig Kimbrel. Feliz has been worth 3.9 fWAR in 162 2/3 innings worth of work in his career, and that could have slotted nicely into a Braves bullpen that gave 73 2/3 innings worth of work to the subpar efforts of Scott Proctor and Scott Linebrink.

Jarrod Saltamacchia wouldn't have much of a spot in Atlanta, due to the presence of Brian McCann, one of the best catchers in baseball. The Rangers traded him to the Red Sox last summer, and he was worth 2.5 fWAR this season for Boston, despite a .288 OBP. 

As for Beau Jones, he's just a minor league reliever right now. He's spent parts of the last four seasons in AA, and just seemed like another guy at AAA this year. No big loss here.

The biggest loss in the Teixeira trade was Andrus, especially after the organization soured on Escobar. But with Tyler Pastornicky waiting in the wings (who was acquired in the Escobar deal), the position should be back to being a strength in 2012 or 2013. The trade didn't really cost the Braves a ton, and it filled a need at the time, at a position that is still giving the team below average production. I'd do the deal again every day of the week.
 
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congtysangoviet1
congtysangoviet1

For the record, I had no problem with the deal at the time. The Braves needed an upgrade at first base (because the current starter was....Scott Thorman. Yes, THAT Scott Thorman), Teixeira was available, giá sàn gỗ inovar malaysia and he seemed like an obvious fit. To his credit, he did exactly what the Braves expected him to do. He played in 157 games in Atlanta, had a .295/.395/.548 line, and was worth 6.1 fWAR. In the three and a half seasons since Teixeira was traded away, Braves first basemen have been worth a cumulative fWAR of 4.8 fWAR. This inclues full seasons from Casey Kotchman and Freddie Freeman, and half seasons of Derrek Lee, Troy Glaus and Adam LaRoche. So uh....yeah, the position continues to suffer after the trade.


But what would the players that were sent to Atlanta do for the Braves right now? The Braves appeared to be set at shortstop with Yunel Escobar, but dealt him away at last year's trade deadline. In the three seasons that Elvis Andrus has been in the majors with the Rangers, he's been worth 10.1 fWAR, stealing at least 30 bases in all three seasons, playing stellar deefnse, and even walking a good bit. Escobar and Alex Gonzalez have combined for 7.4 fWAR over that same time, with http://bit.ly/cat-tri-o-dau-tot-tphcm both men experiencing more success with the Blue Jays than with the Braves. Both players were excellent defensively, but Gonzalez has been pretty terrible on offense in his year and a half with Atlanta. The Braves would have been much better off with Escobar in the long-term, but are also in a much better place having Andrus than Gonzalez.

CollegeWolf
CollegeWolf

Wow! I didn't recall offhand that you guys gave up all that for a year of Tex. Ouch, Andrus and Feliz alone hurts. Andrus is pretty studly, and Felix or Kimbrel could have been traded at some point.

Good article, I enjoyed this!


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