Nine who got away: #7, Matt Harrison
Matt Harrison has as many victories the last two seasons as Tim Hudson. The Texas southpaw finished third in the AL in wins and pitcher WAR and seventh in ERA and IP last year. He sure would look good in the Braves rotation (Medlen, Harrison, Huddy, Minor …).
Hard to believe Harrison was considered the fourth-best prospect in the Teixeira deal. (Think Sean Gilmartin.)
Now the 27-year-old Durham native is the favorite to start on Opening Day for Texas.
Bad enough that Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz have fulfilled their potential with the Rangers. Harrison has greatly exceeded expectations, more than making up for Salty’s three lackluster seasons in Arlington.
That’s three All-Stars, none older than 27, for 157 games of Texshowmethemoney. The Braves could’ve salvaged the deal had they not traded Borasbot to the Angeles for Casey Kotchman; L.A. used the compensation pick received when the Yanks signed Tex to draft Mike Trout.