THE NEWBERG REPORT — JULY 29, 2007
There are two local stories that now indicate that Braves AA starter Matt Harrison has come down with arm problems, one of which reports that he has been shut down with a strained shoulder. That obviously impacts the thought that Harrison was going to be part of Atlanta’s offer — in fact the only pitcher rumored to be in the package — for Mark Teixeira.
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Texas is talking to Arizona, the latest entrant in the Teixeira sweepstakes, about first baseman Conor Jackson, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, and a pitching prospect. Nineteen-year-old lefthander Brett Anderson, a command artist who is in his first pro season, is a good bet to attract the Rangers’ interest. In 116.1 innings between Low A South Bend and High A Visalia, Anderson is 11-7, 3.18 with 120 strikeouts and just 19 walks.
Note that Anderson didn’t sign with Arizona until September 7 last year (as the club’s second-round pick, out of Stillwater HS in Oklahoma), meaning he can’t be traded until this coming September 7. If Texas and Arizona make a trade and he’s a part of it, he’ll be a player to be named later until that time.
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