THE NEWBERG REPORT — JULY 30, 2007

The Braves designated recent trade acquisition Wil Ledezma for assignment yesterday, depleting their bullpen of its only established left-handed reliever.

Operating on the fairly confident assumption that Texas would never trade C.J. Wilson, at least not now, in this context, I have to believe that Ron Mahay has to be a fixed component of the trade dialogue that John Schuerholz and Jon Daniels will have today.

Between the weekend promotion of catcher Taylor Teagarden and last night’s promotion of Bakersfield third baseman Chris Davis (according to the Bakersfield Californian), the attendance numbers are about to skyrocket in Frisco, if for no other reason than Teagarden and Davis are going to have huge friends-and-family contingents on hand.

That, and those two players are among the most exciting position player prospects in the Rangers system this year.

The Californian also reports that third baseman Johnny Whittleman (.273/.385/.480) will be promoted from Clinton to Bakersfield to replace Davis (.297/.339/.575, leading the Cal League with 24 homers and 93 RBI in 98 games) and put on the same Blaze uniform as catcher Max Ramirez, whom Whittleman played against earlier this month in the Futures Game.

The promotions of Whittleman, who had a huge first half until recent struggles at the plate, and Davis, who has reached AA in his first full pro season, are exciting in their own right and the type of thing on which I’d probably spend more paragraphs than I should, generally speaking.

But today, I find myself distracted, wondering what must be going through the mind of Mark Teixeira, as he gets his off-day underway, in Cleveland, with the rest of his Texas Rangers teammates.

Stay tuned for what promises to be a fascinating day to be a Rangers fan, whether a trade does or doesn’t come down.

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

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