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.
What he was expected to do
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