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In light of the posts in the other thread, I thought that I'd make this one for all of the Braves deadline deals.

11:42pm: Jack Magruder of the East Valley Tribune has a source saying there's "no way" the D'Backs acquire Teixeira or Manny Ramirez. The Braves proposed a package of Scherzer, Parker, and Tracy for Tex. Sounds like these two teams are not close to being on the same page.

11:29pm: MLB.com's Mark Bowman checks in. His source says the Yankees, Rays, and Angels are more likely to acquire Teixeira than the D'Backs. Frank Wren isn't having the Tracy over Jackson idea.

11:06pm: Buster Olney heard from sources that the Braves are leaning toward the D'Backs. He believes a deal could be structured around Tracy and a non-Scherzer pitching prospect. Will Carroll believes the Braves have two solid offers and a third on the way, and Tex could be traded by tomorrow.

10:32pm: Ken Rosenthal has the D'Backs as frontrunners for Tex, noting that they'll trade Tracy but not Jackson. Micah Owings or a prospect not named Scherzer or Parker could also be included. Tracy and Owings does seem superior to two draft picks. Rosenthal notes that the D'Backs would not attempt to re-sign Teixeira after the season. Meanwhile, Will Carroll heard that the Orioles and Dodgers also inquired.

9:39pm: Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has a source saying the D'Backs don't want to part with Conor Jackson, Max Scherzer, or Jarrod Parker for Teixeira.

7:12pm: David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to GM Frank Wren, who says the Braves have deals on the table right now for Teixeira. Wren is still trying to find the best deal.

6:38pm: The Braves are now taking bids for Teixeira. ESPN's Jayson Stark says the teams in the mix are the D'Backs, Red Sox, Rays, and Angels. Still, Arizona seems the most logical fit. The Angels won't trade Casey Kotchman, and the Braves don't care for Kendry Morales.

5:08pm: According to Yahoo's Steve Henson, negotiations between the Braves and Diamondbacks for first baseman Mark Teixeira are "pretty far along." Henson talked to a front office source from another team interested in Tex. The Braves reportedly want a prospect plus Chad Tracy or Conor Jackson.

ESPN's Keith Law wrote earlier today that the Braves have at least four suitors for Teixeira.

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ATLANTA -- It should come as no surprise to learn that Braves general manager Frank Wren has seen everything he's needed to see to make a clear evaluation of the state of his team.

In the span of the past three days, the Braves have lost two games during which they had leads of at least five runs and another by a margin of nine runs. At the same time, they've placed both Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson on the disabled list and watched Brian McCann suffer a mild concussion during a collision at the plate.

As the miserable events have unfolded, Wren has moved to the point where he's all but admitted that he'll be doing some selling before Thursday's Trade Deadline. In other words, Mark Teixeira and Will Ohman should pack their bags and prepare to have a different employer by the time the weekend arrives.

"The reality of the way things have gone recently and the number of injuries we're battling, I think it paints a pretty clear picture what we should do and need to do," Wren said as his team was in the midst of Monday night's 12-3 loss to the Cardinals at Turner Field.

If Wren is able to deal Teixeira later this week, he could determine who is going to win the American League pennant. The Yankees, Rays and Angels are all showing definite interest and have seemingly emerged as the current favorites to land the switch-hitting first baseman, who has enhanced his value while hitting .336 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in his last 29 games.

This surge just further proves that this is the time of year to have Teixeira. He hit .317 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs in the 54 games he played after being acquired by the Braves at last year's Trade Deadline. Plus, his career numbers during the second half of the season include a .295 batting average and .947 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage).

"I think we're in a position of great strength, because we have the best player, some of the best assets out there that people want, and there's lot of competition for them," Wren said. "There are lots of teams that desire them. So I think we're in a very good position."

Wren's concession comments came immediately after he announced that an MRI exam had shown that the ligament in Tim Hudson's right elbow is damaged. While visiting Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham later this week, the veteran right-hander will learn whether he needs to undergo Tommy John elbow ligament transplant surgery.

By the time Hudson returns to Atlanta, Teixeira and Ohman could be gone and Jason Bay could be one of his newest teammates.

Wren and his top aides talked to at least six teams on Monday about Teixeira. One of those teams was the Diamondbacks. But with the D-Backs offering Chad Tracy instead of Conor Jackson, Wren seems more apt to deal with one of the AL contenders.

While attempting to sell Teixeira, Wren will also be looking to buy a power-hitting bat. A proposed deal that would have brought Jason Bay to the Braves on Friday was nixed by Pirates owners. Bay, who will make $7.5 million in the final year of his contract next season, would bring strength to Atlanta's power-depleted outfield.

The Pirates have interest in shortstop Brent Lillibridge, who they developed before sending to the Braves in exchange for Adam LaRoche last year. In addition, they'd likely ask for outfielder Brandon Jones and a pair of prospects that are currently playing at the Class A level.

Injuries force Braves to trade

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ATLANTA -- A proposed deal that would have brought Jason Bay to the Braves on Friday was nixed by Pirates owners. Bay, who will make $7.5 million in the final year of his contract next season, would bring strength to Atlanta's power-depleted outfield.

The Pirates have interest in shortstop Brent Lillibridge, who they developed before sending to the Braves in exchange for Adam LaRoche last year. In addition, they'd likely ask for outfielder Brandon Jones and a pair of prospects that are currently playing at the Class A level.

Injuries force Braves to trade

I love Jason Bay, but I don't want to give up another 4 prospects for him for 1 year.

Let Brandon Jones start the rest of the season in LF to see where he is. Lillibridge could be a great utility man.

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I love Jason Bay, but I don't want to give up another 4 prospects for him for 1 year.

Let Brandon Jones start the rest of the season in LF to see where he is. Lillibridge could be a great utility man.

I think we could easily re-sign him. He doesn't have Boras as his agent (which seems to be our downfall with most free agents we let go), and will probably only command 12-13m a year.

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When we last left off, various sources conflicted on whether the D'Backs are the frontrunner to acquire Mark Teixeira. Let's kick off a new thread for the likely slew of new Tex rumors today.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times, the Angels are once again exploring a trade for Teixeira. They are warming to the idea of adding a rental player to their first-place club. The price for Teixeira is said to be a first baseman, starter, and power-hitting outfielder. DiGiovanna also wonders if a deal could be expanded to include Will Ohman, much like last year when the Rangers added Ron Mahay.

From MLB Trade Rumors.

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The Marlins are desperately searching for a LH reliever, and there is even talk of the Giants and Mariners scouting Mike Jacobs.

If Ohman isn't included in the Tex deal, any chance we deal inside the division? Is there any chance that we could get Jacobs straight up for Ohman?

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A pretty unreliable source has the Yankees entering the market:

Tex, Ohman, & Mark Kotsay

- for -

Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, Wilson Betemit, and a mid-level prospect.

That sounds like a deal in my book. Cabrera is an above-average CF, who could be either re-dealt for a guy like Brian Bannister from KC, or could be used in the long-term as our CF.

Ian Kennedy is a guy I REALLY want. A lot of people think a chance of scenery and he will immediately become an effective starter, especially in the NL.

Betemit would be great, could play 1B for us, and a mid-level RHP would seal the deal.

Make it happen.

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A pretty unreliable source has the Yankees entering the market:

Tex, Ohman, & Mark Kotsay

- for -

Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, Wilson Betemit, and a mid-level prospect.

That sounds like a deal in my book. Cabrera is an above-average CF, who could be either re-dealt for a guy like Brian Bannister from KC, or could be used in the long-term as our CF.

Ian Kennedy is a guy I REALLY want. A lot of people think a chance of scenery and he will immediately become an effective starter, especially in the NL.

Betemit would be great, could play 1B for us, and a mid-level RHP would seal the deal.

Make it happen.

Ugh. Cabrera doesn't give us much more than Blanco, and Wilson Baytehmee? Really?

Don't know much about Ian Kennedy.

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A pretty unreliable source has the Yankees entering the market:

Tex, Ohman, & Mark Kotsay

- for -

Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, Wilson Betemit, and a mid-level prospect.

That sounds like a deal in my book. Cabrera is an above-average CF, who could be either re-dealt for a guy like Brian Bannister from KC, or could be used in the long-term as our CF.

Ian Kennedy is a guy I REALLY want. A lot of people think a chance of scenery and he will immediately become an effective starter, especially in the NL.

Betemit would be great, could play 1B for us, and a mid-level RHP would seal the deal.

Make it happen.

I'd take Betemit back he can play everywhere and has a decent bat... Not sure about Melky or Kennedy but I'd take this trade over Tracy... guess we'll find out in a day or so

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That Yankees trade offer smacks of fanboy speculation rather than legitimacy. We're not trading three guys for three guys. Tex alone should be worth more than that, in fact. Also, the Yankees spent 3 years trying to get Betemit. I sincerely doubt they would then just give him up.

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The Marlins are desperately searching for a LH reliever, and there is even talk of the Giants and Mariners scouting Mike Jacobs.

If Ohman isn't included in the Tex deal, any chance we deal inside the division? Is there any chance that we could get Jacobs straight up for Ohman?

I'd love that. I've always liked Mike Jacobs.

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I'd take that trade over what Arizona is said to be offering, but if a deal that includes Ohman can net us Kotchman and two prospects, then I'd much rather take that over the Yankees deal. We have a surplus of OF prospects in the minors, and Cabrera doesn't give us what we need in the OF (power).

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That Yankees trade offer smacks of fanboy speculation rather than legitimacy. We're not trading three guys for three guys. Tex alone should be worth more than that, in fact. Also, the Yankees spent 3 years trying to get Betemit. I sincerely doubt they would then just give him up.

I agree. Tex alone would net that trade, and Ohman would definitely command at least one more good-great prospect out of that deal.

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Exactly. Cabrera more sense for us a couple of years ago when there were rumors floating around about us acquiring him. Now, he would be more of the same as what we've got.

This Braves team has to bring in clubbers, which is why I keep waiting for the Brandon Wood discussions to return.

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Some semi-exciting news on the trade front.

12:23pm: Ken Rosenthal says the Angels and D'Backs are competing for Teixeira. The Halos would like to expand the deal to include a lefty reliever like Will Ohman or Mike Gonzalez. Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana are off-limits, but Casey Kotchman and Juan Rivera can be had. Not sure why Rivera would appeal to the Braves, since he's a free agent after the season.

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I want a top-notch pitching prospect. The problem with this, though (well besides the obvious: teams don't just let these guys go for nothing) is that the D'Backs have already said they won't trade Scherzer or Parker.

The Angels have Nick Adenhart, but his stats at AAA are just plain ugly.

I don't know much about the Yankees' Kennedy. Maybe he could be an option?

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I want a top-notch pitching prospect. The problem with this, though (well besides the obvious: teams don't just let these guys go for nothing) is that the D'Backs have already said they won't trade Scherzer or Parker.

The Angels have Nick Adenhart, but his stats at AAA are just plain ugly.

I don't know much about the Yankees' Kennedy. Maybe he could be an option?

Kennedy is the most intriguing pitching prospect, but the Yanks can't offer much else after giving the farm for Nady and Marte.

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