The Angels have been notorious in the past for sitting on their hands during the trade deadline, but apparently this year is different. Los Angeles made the first big splash of deadline week today, sending Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Stephen Marek to Atlanta for slugger Mark Teixeira.
There's not a giant roto effect felt from this one — Tex is worth more in the American League, Kotchman less in the National League, but these aren't monstrous differences. Teixeira has a mediocre career record at the Big A (.245/.372/.465), but we're only talking about 155 at-bats. The biggest fantasy winners here are FAAB-hoarding owners in AL-only and NL-only groups.
It will be interesting to see how the other contenders respond to this swap; for now, there's little doubt that the Angels are the AL favorite on paper.
In other Tuesday items:
• Mike Young is being told that he can play without causing additional damage to his broken finger, so he's been upgraded to day-to-day and might even play tonight.
• There's a rumor in the New York Post about the Dodgers and Red Sox discussing a Manny Ramirez deal (Boston would get Matt Kemp or more likely Andre Ethier as part of the give-back). Take that for what it's worth.
Catch you later in the Tuesday night edition of Closing Time. (The Andy Behrens portion of the program has been shifted to Wednesday for this week; he's in one of the 30 major league ballparks tonight, so be on the lookout.)