It's been clear for quite a while that the Orioles wouldn't be trading for Mark Teixeira, the Baltimore-area favorite son whose time with the Texas Rangers was growing short.

Baltimore fans would have loved to see Teixeira in orange and black. He's a homegrown kid who could provide some consistent punch to a lineup that for much of the year drifted between feeble and mediocre and only lately has come to life.

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But it appears the Atlanta Braves are landing Teixeira for their own playoff run in the NL East.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today that the switching-hitting first baseman, along with relief pitcher Ron Mahay, will cost Atlanta four prospects including catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (longest name in baseball), infielder Elvis Andrus, pitcher Matt Harrison and one other unknown pitcher.  The Braves may not wind up signing Teixeira beyond the 2008 season when his current contract runs out, but for a team like Atlanta that figures to be in playoff contention now and next year, the deal makes sense.

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