Rangers' future bright thanks to Teixeira trade

Updated: April 4, 2009, 12:02 AM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mark Teixeira has provided quite a future for the Texas Rangers even without being a part of it.

Teixeira turned down a big contract extension in 2007 that would have made him a franchise cornerstone, forcing the Rangers to trade their former first-round pick to Atlanta that summer.

Though he didn't stay with the Braves a full year, Texas will open the 2009 season on Monday with three players from the deal who will be starters: catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, shortstop ...

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