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Braves should take good offer for Teixeira


Braves should take good offer for Teixeira
Imagine the Diamondbacks getting Mark Teixeira. Suddenly, they would be the team to beat in the NL West.

Imagine the Yankees getting Teixeira. If Jorge Posada were out for the season, Teixeira could play first base, with Jason Giambi becoming the DH.

Finally, imagine the Angels getting Teixeira. OK, I've already written that column, but hey, the idea still makes sense.

Mind you, the Braves still haven't decided that they're sellers. But even after shutting out the Marlins twice in the past three nights, even after moving back within six games of first place, they're still a fourth-place, sub-.500 club.

If the Braves are smart — and when are they not? — they will recognize that they need to sell for the first time since 1990, when they traded Dale Murphy to the Phillies.

The Diamondbacks have inquired about Teixeira, major-league sources say, renewing their interest from a year ago. A trade is unlikely — the cost in players would be high, the payroll bump of nearly $5 million difficult for Arizona to absorb. But the D-backs, under general manager Josh Byrnes, have proven to be a resourceful bunch.

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The extent of the Brewers' interest in Sherrill is unclear. The Orioles currently are scouting the Brewers' Class AA team in Huntsville, raising speculation about a deal. Brewers officials, however, insist that they can not part with significant young talent after trading nine prospects for Scott Linebrink, CC Sabathia and Ray Durham over the past 12 months.

Sherrill did not pitch Wednesday night; the game was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the Blue Jays leading, 2-1. Burnett left a positive impression in his five innings, striking out seven and walking none. "He dialed it up," one scout said. "He didn't back away from the challenge."

Trade interest in Burnett, however, remains minimal. Oddly enough, most rival executives say they would be more inclined to acquire Burnett if they were assured that he would opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Those execs fear that the inconsistent, oft-injured pitcher would stick around for the final two years and $24 million on his deal.

Around the horn

The Cardinals, in the opinion of one scout, need Sherrill "more than anybody," but ultimately could turn their attention to Braves lefty Will Ohman. True, Ohman is not a closer, but he is averaging 1.14 walks and hits per innings pitched — a better ratio than Pirates lefty Damaso Marte (1.16) and Sherrill (1.42). Ohman is a free agent after this season. The Pirates hold a $6 million club option on Marte. Sherrill will not be free until after the 2011 season . . .

The Rockies scouted right-hander Nick Adenhart in his most recent start for the Angels' Class AAA affiliate in Salt Lake City. Adenhart, who turns 22 on Aug. 24, could be the centerpiece of a Matt Holliday trade, but the chances of such a deal occurring would be slim even if the Rockies fell out of contention in the next week. The Angels are more interested in Rockies closer Brian Fuentes . . .

The Dodgers, needing a shortstop and late-inning reliever, talked with the Nationals about both Cristian Guzman and Jon Rauch, but wouldn't part with Class AA shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr. in a deal for Guzman, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. The Nats instead signed Guzman to a two-year, $16 million extension and completed the Rauch-for-Bonifacio deal with the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers' principal NL West rival . . .

The A's considered acquiring Bonifacio as part of their package for Haren last offseason, but instead opted for first baseman Chris Carter, who has a .945 OPS for High A Stockton at age 21. The A's, like the Diamondbacks, questioned whether Bonifacio would hit enough to play every day in the majors.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 24, 2008

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