The Los Angeles Angels acquired slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Braves, a bold trade that further bolsters the team with the best record in the major leagues.
The Angels, with a whopping 11 1/2 -game lead in the AL West and primed for a World Series run, sent first baseman Casey Kotchman, a former Seminole High star, and minor-league pitcher Steve Marek to Atlanta.
"Hopefully I can just go over there and be one more piece of the puzzle," Teixeira said before the Braves hosted St. Louis.
The deal came two days before baseball's deadline for making trades without waivers. Teixeira was among the top names in the rumor mill, and should boost a club that wanted to add another big bat to back its potent pitching staff.
Teixeira is hitting .283 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs.
The Associated Press