Big Deals For Braves At Trade Deadline

The Atlanta Braves have made another trade to bolster their bullpen, getting Kansas City reliever Octavio Dotel for pitcher Kyle Davies.

The deal was finalized shortly before today's 4 p-m Eastern time deadline for making trades without waivers.

The acquisition of Dotel, a hard-throwing righty, follows the Braves' trade for Ron Mahay. Atlanta got the left-hander as part of a seven-player swap with Texas involving first baseman Mark Teixeira.

The 31-year-old Dotel is 2-and-1 with a three-point-91 E-R-A and eleven saves in 14 chances this season. Davies, a 23-year-old righty, was 4-and-8 with a five-point-76 E-R-A for Atlanta.

Mark Teixeira finds himself in a pennant race. The veteran slugger has been traded from Texas to Atlanta as part of a seven-player deal.

The Braves sent rookie catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and four minor leaguers to the Rangers for the 27-year-old switch-hitter and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay. The two new Braves are not expected to be in Atlanta for tonight's game against Houston.

Atlanta trails the New York Mets by four and a-half games in the National League East and is in the thick of the wild-card race. Texas is dead last in the American League West.

Teixeira, who is eligible for salary arbitration after this season and can become a free agent after the 2008 campaign, may replace Andruw Jones as Atlanta's cleanup hitter. Jones is hitting .216.


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