NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — JULY 31, 2007: Gagné trade imminent, Teixeira trade expanded
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Texas has agreed to trade closer Eric Gagné to Boston for lefthander Kason Gabbard, center fielder David Murphy, and teenage outfielder Engel Beltre, a high-profile Latin America signing two years ago. It’s unclear whether Gagné has consented to the deal, as he has the right to veto a trade to the Sox.
Also, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Mark Teixeira trade has been finalized, with lefthander Matt Harrison being confirmed as the fourth player – and a fifth player, Class A lefthander Beau Jones, being added to the deal as well. Jones has gone 5-0, 2.96 with three saves for Low A Rome (48.2 innings, 38 hits, 12 walks, 46 strikeouts) and 0-0, 15.26 in five appearances for High A Myrtle Beach. The hard-throwing reliever was a first-round pick in 2005 (41st overall) out of a Louisiana high school.