Braves finalize Teixeira trade with Rangers
Send catching prospect Saltalamacchia, minor leaguers to Texas ahead of Tuesday deadline
Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz spent part of Tuesday finalizinghis tradefor formerTexas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira.
A preliminary deal was agreed to Monday,pending areview of the medical records of the players involved.
In addition to Teixeira, 27, Atlantareceives left-handed relief pitcher Ron Mahay. Heading to Texas is catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and four minor leaguers: shortstop Elvis Andrus,and pitchers Neftali Perez, Matt Harrison and Beau Jones.
Teixeira, who is batting .297 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in this season, was the most notable player mentioned in trade talks leading into Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.
According to several reports, the Los Angeles Angels also made a bid for Teixeira, offering first baseman Casey Kotchman and starting pitcher Joe Saunders.
Teixeira, who won't be a free agent until after next season,has hit 153 home runs in five seasons. In 2005, he set career highs with 43 homers and 144 RBIs.
Teixeira gives the Braves a second switch-hitter with power to join third baseman Chipper Jones.
Atlantabegan the season with Scott Thorman of Cambridge, Ont., and Craig Wilson splitting time at first base but both players had their struggles.
Wilson was released after hitting only .172, while Thorman is hitting .220 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 86 contests.
Saltalamacchia, a switch-hitting catcher, hit .284 in 141 at-bats for the Braves with four homers and 12 RBIs. The 22-year-old can also play first base.
Mahay, 36, is 2-0 with a 2.77earned-run averageand one save in 28 games this season.
Andrus, 19, is best-known for his strong defence at shortstop, but he plays a position of great depth in the Braves' organization.
Feliz, 19, has registered 70 strikeouts and 26 walks in the 55 1/3 innings he has compiled since the beginning of last season.
Harrison has gone 5-7in 2007with a 3.39 ERA in 20 startsat double-A Mississippi.
Atlanta trails the first-place New York Mets by 4½ games in the National LeagueEast division and is in the thick of the wild-card race, 2½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
With files from the Associated Press