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Braves Chose Angels' Package Over Tracy And Owings

The Braves chose between two offers for first baseman Mark Teixeira, sources say.

The Angels proposed first baseman Casey Kotchman and Class AA right-hander Stephen Marek. The Diamondbacks offered Chad Tracy and right-hander Micah Owings.

Via FoxSports

Angels Acquire Teixeira

The Braves received first baseman Casey Kotchman and pitching prospect Stephen Marek, a hard-throwing reliever for Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira, 28, brings power and superb defense after 4 1/2 seasons in Texas and the equivalent of one full season in Atlanta. He will bat third in the order, between Maicer Izturis and Guerrero, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said.

"Mark's definitely a two-way player," Scioscia said. "Mark can play defense and hit from two sides of the plate. He's a presence in the middle of the lineup.

"We know what Casey can do. He's a terrific player having a terrific year. Mark Teixeira is a guy who brings us a presence that's tough to put into words what he's going to mean to our club."

"No doubt, we'll be deeper, whether it's lefty or righty."

Via MLB.com

Sources: Teixeira Dealt To Angels

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Tuesday that Atlanta Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira is headed to the Los Angeles Angels for Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Steven Marek.

Kotchman was pulled off the field during pregame warmups at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon, further fueling speculation that a deal was in place.


Angels More Interested In Fuentes Than Holliday

The Rockies scouted right-hander Nick Adenhart in his most recent start for the Angels' Class AAA affiliate in Salt Lake City.

Adenhart, who turns 22 on Aug. 24, could be the centerpiece of a Matt Holliday trade, but the chances of such a deal occurring would be slim even if the Rockies fell out of contention in the next week.

The Angels are more interested in Rockies closer Brian Fuentes.

Via FoxSports

Angels' Kelvim Escobar To Have Surgery

Angels' starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar will have surgery to repair a shoulder tear, which could sideline him until next year's Al-Star break, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The doctors didn't provide a solid timetable for his return, "But history tells us it's a significant amount of time," General Manager Tony Reagins said. "You look at others with a similar injury, and it's nine months to a year."

Escobar, who went 18-7 with a 3.40 earned-run average last season.

Via The Los Angeles Times

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