NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — NOVEMBER 24, 2006
The Astros are expected to announce in an hour that they have signed outfielder Carlos Lee to a six-year contract, and as a result Texas should get Houston’s number one pick, 17th overall (after having surrendered pick number 16 by signing Frank Catalanotto).
I’m pretty sure Houston would have to sign Barry Zito or J.D. Drew at this point for the Rangers not to get the Astros’ first-rounder. Texas will also get a supplemental pick for the loss of Lee, following Round One.
So as it stands, the Rangers have forfeited pick number 16 but have added pick number 17 and pick number 24, plus supplemental firsts for the loss of Gary Matthews, Carlos Lee, and Mark DeRosa.
The Rangers will also get supplemental firsts if they lose Vicente Padilla and/or Rod Barajas.