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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