Our two Texas teams, the Houston Riverdogs and the Austin City Limits, have agreed to a deal.
Houston gets: 3B Monte Duvall (AAA)
Austin gets: Rich Gibson (AAA), C Hiram Spoonybarger (AA)
Analysis: Not too often a deal without any major league players gets up here on the blog, but this could turn out to be a pretty big deal down the road. Duvall came in at #61 on the top 100 prospects list but could turn out to be a superstar down the road- he's got great power, good speed, and is a good defender. Gibson appears to be a #3 or #4 type pitcher in the majors with decent stuff and who can eat innings- not a superstar, $10 million a year type pitcher, but a solid rotation filler that every team needs. Spooneybarger is the #79 overall prospect and was rated as the 5th best minor league catcher. Along with being an all-name team candidate, he's got considerable power and will be good defensively. It will be interesting to see what happens when both he and last season's 1st round pick C Sam Brumfield are both ready (unless one of them is dealt prior to that). I think Houston may have the slight edge in this deal, although it's fairly close and only time will really tell.
In addition to this deal, word is a massive deal involving one of these two teams is forthcoming. Reports out of Austin have pitchers Jason Sprague and Eduardo Moya going to New York in a 12-player deal. Since the deal still needs league approval, the deal is still unofficial and there has been no word coming out of New York on the matter. An Austin team official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, stated the team expects Sprague and Moya to be in New York within the next few days.