Thursday, July 26, 2007
The Atlanta Braves are actively involved in trying to land Teixeira from the Rangers after weeks of speculation. While the Dodgers, Angels and Red Sox are also in pursuit, the Braves seem furthest along in talks, with prized newcomer Jarrod Saltalamacchia being the main bait with 2 or possibly 3 prospects as part of the package. The Dodgers appear willing to part with 1B James Loney, OF Andre Ethier and possibly a minor league pitcher, to be named. What makes this interesting and helpful to the Rangers is that the Dodgers and the Braves are going to be fighting for the wild card slot and have the added incentive of not wanting to let their rival land a prize like Teixeira.