New Milford, AP
With the trade deadline looming and hot stove rumors swirling on multiple web sites, New Milford GM Anthony Peburn was in Hartford for Tyler Anderson’s possible last AAA start with the New Milford franchise as his name has been mentioned most in possible trades.
One trade that was leaked prior to the game was the addition of Felipe Rivero from Kansas City to strengthen the back of the bullpen for minor leaguer Mike Matuella.
Looking around the ballpark, multiple GM’s were present including Akron’s DJ Shepard and Western Kansas’s Rodney Wilkie. With both teams having a FA first baseman it is assumed that New Milford is trying to upgrade at that position. Akron would send back former MVP AGone and Western Kansas would send Mark Teixeira.
Anderson didn’t disappoint holding the opposition to one run in 6 IP. Before the game, Anderson joked that he was thinking about tanking the start so he could stay with the Blazers. “I have no control over what happens. I’ve heard the rumors. I just have to go out and pitch,” he said.
After the game, Shepard was first to the owners box. After a brief conversation and a hand shake, it was assumed that a trade was made for AGone and the crowd erupted as the handshake was shown on the jumbo-tron. Then, Shepard stepped out and was seen trying to make multiple calls at once as Wilkie walked in. Peburn and Wilkie seemed to exchange a few laughs and then Peburn called Shepard into the owners box again. After a brief conversation the two laughed again and shook hands. The press seemed puzzled as Peburn then called an immediate press conference.
“As you all know,” started Peburn, “we have added to our pen. Rivero is another lefty who is back of the bullpen caliber. We are sad to see a possible TOR talent like Matuella go, but we needed another reliable arm for the pen. Rivero is that.”
“But did you make another trade,” asked Norm Cummings of the New Milford Spectrum. “We saw some handshakes and we are confused. Is it multiple trades? A three team trade?”
“I was confused at first as well, Norm,” said Peburn. “We offered Tyler Anderson to Western Kansas for Teixeira and to Akron for AGone. They were straight up offers and it was first come, first served. Akron came first.”
“So we have AGone? That’s huge!” exclaimed Cummings.
“This is where it gets tricky,” shared Peburn. “DJ Shepard let us know that he did not want any minor leaguers as his roster was full. He asked for Saunders, as did everyone we contacted. As you all know that is just a silly request. We replied with Tyler Anderson and he said he’d think it over. When we saw both GM’s at the park today, we knew they were both serious. When DJ came up to the box, he said he was leaning towards our offer, as he likes pitchability guys.”
“So you traded for Teixeira then?” asked Sam Dickwad of the Salem ‘Tippers fan blog.
“Sam, how did you get in here? I told security not to let you in. You usually just eat all the free sandwiches, ask a dumb question and leave. But since you asked, here is the rest of the story. DJ then stepped out to finalize some other trades. In walked Rodney Wilkie, who was excited by what he just saw from Anderson and wanted to pull the trigger. Since DJ was first to respond, I had to pull him off of his cell phone to ask if he wanted to do this deal. DJ said he was leaning towards it but was torn. I said I need an answer as if it’s not AGone it’s Teixeira. He responded by telling us to not let him hold up any deal. So I now announce that Mark Teixeira will now be manning first base and batting in the middle third of the order. We wish Anderson well in his young career, but feel Tex provides not only depth to our line up but also gets us out of the usage problems that has led to quite a few losses.”