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Teixeira Trade Boiling Down to Angels and Diamondbacks

Those have been the two most active clubs in pursuing Mark Teixeira the past couple of weeks. This is the latest from Ken Rosenthal:

Not only do the Angels want Teixeira, but they also would be interested in an expanded deal that would include one of the Braves' left-handed relievers, Will Ohman or Mike Gonzalez, according to major-league sources.

The Angels would not include either right-hander Ervin Santana or left-hander Joe Saunders in a Teixeira package, sources say. But they would be willing to make the move if the price was first baseman Casey Kotchman and outfielder Juan Rivera plus a third piece, most likely a prospect.

The Braves' preference in any Teixeira trade is a first baseman whom they could keep beyond this season. However, they are expected to consider all types of players, including young prospects with high upsides.

The Diamondbacks, sources say, will not part with first baseman Conor Jackson for Teixeira, who is a free agent at the end of the season. But they would be open to moving Chad Tracy, who is signed for $4.75 million next season with a $7 million option for 2010.

The Diamondbacks would not trade either of their top pitching prospects, right-hander Max Scherzer or right-hander Jarrod Parker. But lesser pitchers such as righty Billy Buckner as well as center fielder Gerardo Parra and infielder Jamie D'Antona are among the prospects who could be in play.

Rosenthal lists the Dodgers, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees as other possible, but less likely destinations for Teixeira.

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