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Shandler: Deconstructing Teixeira

Updated: July 31, 2007, 3:28 PM ET
By Ron Shandler | Baseball HQ
The trade of Mark Teixeira from the Texas Rangers to the Atlanta Braves was not unexpected. Rumors of this deal had been floating out there for weeks. The Braves, currently a handful of games behind the division-leading Mets and with a first-base platoon that's batting about .230, see this as the missing piece to reclaiming the National League East.

Or is it? Let's deconstruct.

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