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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, July 30, 2007
Indians - Acquired Lofton
Cleveland Indians - Acquired CF Kenny Lofton from the Texas Rangers for C Max Ramirez.
A nice little pickup by the Rangers. While you’re not going to get a whole lot for a 40-year-old player on the trade market, even a good one, the Rangers did pick a player an interesting prospect, though not a top-shelf one. The odds are certainly long against Ramirez - he’s more of a DH than a catcher, he’s been old for his leagues, and his actual power is a bit unimpressive. But a guy who hits 400/450 in the minors is at least interesting enough to advance through the system and see what happens, which is about all you can expect from these non-blockbuster deadline trades when you can’t get a real top prospect. It also addresses an organizational need. Daniels has made some real crap moves, but this isn’t one of them.
As for the Indians, they already have Victor Martinez, Kelly Shoppach playing very well as a backup this season, and Pronk signed long-term in the position that Ramirez is likely to need to inhabit in the future if he continues to develop. Lofton, even old, is still having his typical season, far better than either of the big LA CF signings last winter, and the Indians are in the thick of a pennant race and have gotten a dismal 258/310/424 out of their leftfielders this season.
In other words, one of those boring win-win trades.
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