NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — MAY 18, 2007

Robinson Tejeda clearly lacked his best stuff and still no-hit a big league club for five innings. That’s encouraging.

And here’s hoping that the injury bug doesn’t claim Eric Gagné over the next two months. Because if you don’t think a guy brought in on a one-year deal can fetch a significant return from a contender, consider that on July 11, 2003, Texas made what was undoubtedly one of its top ten trades of this decade, when the club traded closer Ugueth Urbina, three-and-a-half months into his one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Rangers, to Florida for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, lefthander Ryan Snare, and outfielder Will Smith.

Wouldn’t mind moving Gagné in July to a team like Cleveland (Trevor Crowe plus? Chuck Lofgren?) or Atlanta (Tommy Hanson plus?) to get a head start on restocking the upper tier of this farm system.

Lefthander John Koronka comes up to make tomorrow’s spot start. Hank Blalock was placed on the 60-day version of the disabled list, meaning no other move was needed to clear space on the roster for Travis Metcalf.

Another big night for Eric Hurley and Johnny Whittleman, and a special High A debut for Glenn Swanson. Enjoy Scott Lucas’s farm report in the morning.

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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