The Rangers have traded 1B Mark Teixeira and lefty reliever Ron Mahay to the Atlanta Braves for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, shortstop Elvis Andrus, righty starter Neftali Feliz and a player to be named later. Teixeira had to go because he had made it known that he was not happy in Texas and that he was going to leave as a free agent after the 2008 season. He played in 78 games this season for the Rangers and he was 85 for 286 (.297 avg, .921 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 13 homers and 49 RBIs. In 4.5 seasons with the Rangers Teixeira played in 693 games and he was 746 for 2,632 (.283 avg, .901 OPS) with 426 runs scored, 153 homers and 499 RBIs. Mahay pitched in 28 games for the Rangers this season and he was 2-0 with 1 save, a 2.77 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has thrown 39 innings this season and he has allowed 33 hits, walked 21 batters and whiffed 32.
The Rangers got themselves a pretty healthy haul for Teixeira and Mahay. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will likely replace Gerald Laird as the Rangers starting catcher from day #1. He was ranked as the Braves best prospect in their entire minor league system before the season started. He played in 47 games for the Braves this season and he was 40 for 141 (.284 avg, .744 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs. Elvis Andrus is an 18 year old shortstop who was ranked as the #2 prospect in the Braves entire minor league system according to Baseball America. Andrus has played in 99 games in A-ball this season and he was 94 for 385 (.244 avg, .665 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 3 homers, 37 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Neftali Feliz is a 19 year old righty starter who was ranked as the #18 prospect in the Braves system according to Baseball America. Feliz has pitched in 7 games (6 starts) in the Rookie League and he is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. In 26.1 innings Feliz has allowed only 16 hits, walked 12 batters and whiffed 28.