Braves trade Teixeira to Angels

BOSTON Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:46am EDT

Atlanta Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira smiles after their win over the Seattle Mariners during their MLB interleague baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, in this June 22, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Tami Chappell/Files

Atlanta Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira smiles after their win over the Seattle Mariners during their MLB interleague baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, in this June 22, 2008 file picture.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Angels upgraded their already potent offense on Tuesday by acquiring slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves.

In exchange for the 28-year-old Teixeira, the American League West Division leaders gave up first baseman Casey Kotchman and pitching prospect Stephen Marek.

"Mark's definitely a two-way player," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on the team's website (losangeles.angels.mlb.com).

"Mark Teixeira is a guy who brings us a presence that's tough to put into words what he's going to mean to our club."

Teixeira, an All-Star in 1995, is batting .283 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs this season and is a career .286 hitter with a .373 on-base percentage and .536 slugging mark.

The Angels' 66-40 record is the best in baseball this season.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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