The Los Angeles Angels’ Most Memorable Trade Deadline Deals

By Jose Serrano
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Jul 12, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) hits a one-run rbi double in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

July 29, 2008- Casey Kotchman and a minor leaguer traded to Atlanta for Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira only played 58 games as an Angel, but the team still considers the transaction a win.

Teixeira was a hot commodity heading into the 2008 trade deadline. He carried a .317/.404/.615 slash line with the Braves having already surpassed his home run total from the year before. The only negative in acquiring the first baseman was his impending free agency.

The Angels were especially fond of Kotchman. He was a star in the making, hitting .287 with 12 home runs through 100 games, mainly placed at the bottom of the lineup. They gambled big, and won, even if it wasn’t in signing Teixeira to a long-term deal. Kotchman tanked in Atlanta.

Kotchman was traded to Boston one year later and bounced around before landing in Miami last season.

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