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The ones who got away in Atlanta (and the one who got to New York)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Funny how things look different from beneath a different hat.

In New York, the Rangers’ run to the World Series has sparked second guessing of July’s near-trade for Cliff Lee. In Atlanta, it’s led to second guessing of the 2007 trade of Mark Teixeira.

“Whenever there are guys who were in your organization, you always wonder, ‘What if?’” Braves GM Frank Wren told the AJC. “But you have those same ‘what-if?’ thoughts before you make any trade.”

While the Yankees are thinking ‘what might have been’ about a player who was never actually in their organization, the Braves are thinking ‘what might have been’ about players who actually were in Atlanta organization. Back in 2007, the Braves traded five players for Teixera. Two of them were Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and closer Neftali Feliz.

Both were in the lower levels at the time. The big name of the trade was actually catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who’s been a bit player in the big leagues and is now with the Red Sox.

As a Brave, Teixeira spent all of one day in first place.

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13 Responses to “The ones who got away in Atlanta (and the one who got to New York)”

  1. Cashmoney October 28th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Tom I think Vazquez is an interesting case. The guy has a knack in driving in runs wherever he played in the minor. But he rarely walks and is hacktastic by extension and are prone to SO.
    But he may work at a pinch hitter.

  2. Erin October 28th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    You’re on the Mark, Teixeira!

    sorry, I’m already missing Sterling’s HR calls. :)

  3. RayVT October 28th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Re-post

    Wave Your Hat October 28th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I understand that, but thanks for reminding me. I believe the Yanks feel he is solid and can play 3B spelling ARod & 1B spelling Tex. The AFL is IMO only to make sure he can spell Swish & Gardner as well. Getting at a minimun an average of at least 2 starts a week on ML level and working with Kevin Long and ARod/Tex/Jeter/Swish etc would be better than spending more time in AAA IMO. I expect him & Nunez to be on Yanks MLB roster from day 1 2011.

  4. ac1 October 28th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    break out the complaints. The Girardi deal is done.

  5. Ruby Tuesday October 28th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I love the Braves.

  6. Erin October 28th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Joelsherman1 Girardi agrees with #Yankees on 3yr, 9M deal with $450,000-$500,000 in ALCS/World Series bonuses

  7. Erin October 28th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    New Post- Report: Girardi’s deal done

    :arrow:

  8. Cashmoney October 28th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    The reason he had limited plate appearances over that period of time is because he didn’t excel. The Yankees developmental and major league staff are capable of evaluating players he never rose to the next level. Four years is plenty of time to evaluate someone.
    ———————————-
    Westcoast, Miranda posted three season of OPS of 833 or above in the AAA last three year. I think the reason he never got ‘ample’ opportunity in NY was because a team like the Yankees had guys like Tex and Matsui in front of him which renders his presence redundant. Is he a regular 1b on the ML level? we will probably never find out unless some lesser team gives him a chance or never.

  9. raymagnetic October 28th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    That was a really bad trade for the Braves. Really bad.

  10. Ruby Tuesday October 28th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I love Girardi………………………………….and his binder.

  11. Vincent October 28th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Actually, at the time, this trade was thought to be the one piece the Braves needed to make a serious run. Hindsight tells us it didn’t work out, but at the time you had to respect the Braves for going for it. I actually live in Atlanta and this move was VERY popular at the time. Remember, Tex went to Georgia Tech.

  12. Vincent October 28th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Actually, at the time, this trade was thought to be the one piece the Braves needed to make a serious run. Hindsight tells us it didn’t work out, but at the time you had to respect the Braves for going for it. I actually live in Atlanta and this move was VERY popular at the time. Remember, Tex went to Georgia Tech.

  13. Stottlemyre68 October 28th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    You can’t second-guess yourself until all the chips settle. Will Monteiro be another Fred McGriff or Willy Mo Pena? Naturally we don’t know right now and won’t for another few years. And of course Lee might have had a bad game in the Series for the Yanks as well.

    To me, the important issue here is that, for many years, teams trading with the Yankees took advantage of GMS’s impatience and were able to get the Yanks to bargain against themselves. In recent years, Cashman has had to hold the line in order to dispel that notion, and he may still have to do it some more before it holds for good. And sometimes you have to make temporary sacrifices to get where you want to be in the long run — had the Yanks traded Cano and Hughes for Santana, they would not have obtained Sabathia and would be without two of their key young players.

    I would also note that Cashman is capable of striking very decisively when he wants to. Just ask CC and Tex.


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