Medical records need to be checked. But it is being widely reported that the Rangers and Braves have made a deal.
Rangers get: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus, RHP Nestali Feliz, LHP Matt Harrison.
Braves get: 1B Mark Teixeira, LHP Ron Mahay.
Analysis: The Braves evaluate their own prospects very well and rarely give up players who prove to be stars. Andy Marte, etc. But they certainly gave up a lot for Teixeira, who will be a free agent after 2008 and almost certainly will go on the market.
But this is a good trade, talent for talent. Both sides can claim victory.
From the perspective of the Yankees, now Jon Daniels can focus on dealing Eric Gagne. Brian Cashman will not trade Joba, the Franchise or Kennedy. But Alan Horne could be enough if he thows in another prospect or two.
The Yankees are the Mets are the only contenders Gagne has on the list of teams he would agree to go to. The Sandman and Lights Out at the end of games? That would work.
Would you take this bullpen?
I’m pretty sure most of you would.