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Rangers acquired Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus by trading Mark Teixeira in 2007

Oct 15, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

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Surprisingly little has been made of Mark Teixeira facing his old team in the ALCS, perhaps because he had stints with the Braves and Angels in between going from the Rangers to the Yankees.

Selected by Texas with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Teixeira hit .283/.368/.533 with 153 homers and 499 RBIs in 693 games for the Rangers. In the middle of his fifth season in Texas he reportedly turned down an eight-year, $140 million extension offer, at which point the Rangers traded Teixeira to the Braves on July 31, 2007 for a five-prospect package that included Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison, and Beau Jones.

At the time Saltalamacchia was viewed as the centerpiece of the Rangers’ haul, while Feliz and Andrus were high-upside teenagers at Single-A. Four years later Feliz is one of the best closers in baseball and may win the Rookie of the Year award, Andrus is an elite defensive shortstop and the Rangers’ leadoff man … and Saltalamacchia is trying to resurrect his injury wrecked career with the Red Sox.

Teixeira played well for the Braves, hitting .295/.395/.548 with 37 homers and 134 RBIs in 157 games spread over 1.5 seasons before they traded him to the Angels in July of 2008 for Casey Kotchman and Steve Marek. He played 54 games for the Angels, batting .358/.449/.632 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs, and then hit the open market as a free agent and signed a $180 million deal with the Yankees.

  1. richardinbigd - Oct 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Tex, while uber-productive at the plate, and a defensive all-star, never really fit in in Texas. Percieved by the fans as pouty and moody, this perception is generally not denied by anyone that was in the room with him at the time. Feliz and Andrus have been a bonus in the addition by subtraction formula that would have been a success even without them…

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

      So besides being “uber-productive at the plate” and a “defensive all-star”, baseball players now have to be all-around nice guys too? Do you think the Rangers would be having the same success without Feliz and Andrus? I highly doubt that. You say “addition by subtraction”….but having one of the best closers and shortstops in the league didn’t hurt either. If those guys didn’t pan out, I doubt the Rangers would be having the success they had this year. Those are two pretty big parts.

      • RichardInBigD - Oct 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

        No question that if Feliz and Andrus hadn’t grown into their roles today, the Rangers wouldn’t be in the position that they are. But without Tex, they are batter than they were, at a much lower cost going forward. Watch the interaction among the guys during this series. There is joy there. Joy to be drawing a paycheck for playing a kids’ game, no matter how small that check may be. That’s something that was painfully absent when the big crybaby was here…

    • JBerardi - Oct 15, 2010 at 6:20 PM

      So “pouty and moody” is so bad that it cancels out “clearly the best player on the team”? Sorry, not buying it.

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