That Atlanta 1B Mark Teixeira has been on the trading block of late is hardly a shocker, but Tim Hudson and Chipper Jones going on the DL yesterday can only have hastened the Braves’ resolve in getting someone of value for what amounted to a year’s rental. ESPN’s Keith Law reported this evening on “SportsCenter” that the Angels have acquired Teixeira in exchange for 1B Casey Kotchman and P Stephen Marek (above).

While David Pinto scores points for being the first person to propose a Jose Guillen/Manny Ramirez trade, the Providence Journal’s Sean McAdam suggests the Red Sox are amongst those clubs coveting position player-turned-reliever Ron Mahay. Long before his conversion, Mahay was part of the same Trenton Thunder squad as Boston’s former shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. Perhaps he can platoon in left field after the Mets have exchanged F-Mart for Manny.