With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, it appears that many around Braves Country are not content with the lineup that Fredi Gonzalez has been sending onto the field.
The natives are restless, hoping that GM Frank Wren can acquire another piece--most notably an impact hitter that can play outfield as well as some infield.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at one of the biggest trades the Braves made over the last 5 years: the acquisition of Mark Teixeira.
When Wren pulled the trigger on that trade July 31, 2007, the Braves were 3 1/2 games behind the Mets and just one half-game behind the Phillies.
At first, the trade looked to be something that would help the Braves make the playoffs, escpecially getting reliever Ron Mahay included the deal. The Braves posted a 84-78 record.
Over those final two months of the season, the switch-hitting first baseman hit 17 HR’s and drove in 56 RBI’s, collecting a .317 batting average, but the Braves failed to gain much ground in the NL East. The Phillies went on to win the division.
The Rangers got the absolute best of that deal. In exchange for Teixeira, Texas got Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Beau Jones.
While Salty is now a Red Sox, Andrus, Feliz and Harrison are all cornerstones of the Rangers franchise that helped them earn their first postseason series victory, their first AL pennant and their first trip to the World Series before losing to the Giants.
A year later - July 2008, the Braves sent Teixiera to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and pitching prospect Stephen Marek.
While Marek has yet to crack an MLB lineup, Kotchman was nothing short of a bust in his short stint in a Braves uniform, hitting a measly .237 while in Atlanta. Marek is currently on the Braves 40-man roster, but will not see another hitter this season as he underwent Tommy John surgery in May.
In July of 2009, the Braves sent Kotchman to the Red Sox, re-acquiring Adam LaRoche in hopes of getting the same defensive skill and adding a little more offensive potency than what Kotchman had shown.
While the Braves have not been mentioned in a blockbuster trade rumor this year, it is apparent they will do whatever is necessary to bolster the lineup and give up as little as possible.
If recent history is any guide, it would be wise not to mortgage the farm for a short-term rental. Taking that route usually comes back to haunt more often than help.