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Rangers Trade Teixeira And Gagne

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers made a number of moves last winter to try to be instant contenders. But the trades the Rangers completed before Tuesday's non-waiver deadline now suggest a much longer timeline. Unloading two of their biggest names, the Rangers dealt closer Eric Gagne to Boston and completed a deal to send first baseman Mark Teixeira to Atlanta. Rangers owner Tom Hicks told The Associated Press in an e-mail that Teixeira rejected an offer for an eight-year, $140 million contract extension made two weeks ago. Throw in last week's deal that sent center fielder Kenny Lofton to Cleveland, and in return, the Rangers acquired mostly a heap of prospects and a new starter in left-hander Kason Gabbard. But general manager Jon Daniels -- who brought Gagne, Lofton and slugger Sammy Sosa to Texas on one-year deals last winter -- insisted the Rangers aren't starting over. Daniels instead billed the trades as a longer-term strategy to build around core players Michael Young and Kevin Millwood and give Texas the best chance at returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
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