The Cleveland Indians have acquired first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handed knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Lars Anderson was traded to the— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2012
Sox get Steven Wright from Indians for Lars.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2012
It was only a few years ago Anderson was considered a top prospect in all of baseball. But when you aren't a great hitter at first base, there just isn't that much value. Now 24 years of age, Anderson will get a fresh start with a new organization and a chance to play at the big league level. In 56 plate appearances in the bigs, Anderson has batted .167/.268/.188 with just 1 extra base hit.
The other player in the deal, Steven Wright, is a 27-year-old knuckleball pitcher that is looking for a shot to pitch in the bigs. In 20 starts in Triple-A, Wright has posted a 2.49 ERA across 115 2/3 innings of work.