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Braves' struggles have Teixeira on the trade block


Braves' struggles have Teixeira on the trade block
The debate over whether the Braves will keep first baseman Mark Teixeira is over.

"The sale is on," a major-league source said Monday afternoon.

MLB roundup

The Rangers continue to field calls for catchers Gerald Laird and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and one club official estimates that it's "50-50" that one will be moved before the deadline. The Marlins, Reds, Red Sox and Indians would figure to be among the clubs in the market for a catcher. The Rangers control Laird for two more years and Saltalamacchia for five more, and they've got Taylor Teagarden and Max Ramirez behind them. Their goal in any deal: young pitching . . .

The reviews of the Pirates' four-player return for outfielder Xavier Nady and lefty Damaso Marte ranged from critical to scathing, but righty Daniel McCutchen was a favorite of the Yankees' brass. McCutchen projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter or setup man, but the Yankees say his makeup is so strong, he could exceed those expectations . . .

Just wondering: Will the Red Sox's Youkilis need to be carried off the field on a stretcher before Major League Baseball puts Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain on notice? Chamberlain has knocked Youkilis down four times in less than a year — and Friday night's beaning came dangerously close to the first baseman's head . . .

Sitting near the dugouts as a field reporter on the Saturday MLB On FOX broadcasts occasionally puts me in position to see and hear interesting things. One of my favorite moments of the season occurred Saturday when the Yankees' newly-arrived Nady passed me on his way out to the field, smiled and said, "My gosh, what a day."


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 29, 2008

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