Major League sources said the Diamondbacks, who went into Saturday's games with the fifth fewest runs in the National League, have expressed interest in Teixeira. They also have a young first baseman in Conor Jackson to offer but the Rangers are also looking for pitching.
The buzz among industry sources is that the Rangers have been heavily scouting the Diamondbacks farm system in case Arizona steps up its efforts. The Diamondbacks have won eight straight games after beating the Atlanta Braves on Saturday and are putting the pressure on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
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Jones wants Teixeira: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is among those who would love to see Mark Teixeira come to Atlanta.
"He's a versatile hitter who hits in the middle of the lineup, and he's a switch-hitter," Jones said Friday. "You know me, I love switch hitters. He's one of my favorites. It would be nice to have a couple of guys who can hit for average and power in the middle of your lineup."
But right now Teixeira is still with the Rangers. The Braves are willing to trade catcher/first baseman Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Minor League pitcher Matt Harrison and shortstop Elvis Andrus, but the Rangers haven't said yes to that.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have indicated that they are willing to deal pitcher Joe Saunders and first baseman Casey Kotchman, but the two sides have had difficulty agreeing on a third player in the deal.