MLB Trade News: Indians Acquire Lars Anderson from Red Sox

One-time top prospect Lars Anderson has been traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright.

Anderson is 1-for-8 in the big leagues with the Red Sox this season, hitting .259 (88-for-342) with 22 doubles, two triples and nine home runs for Triple-A Pawtucket. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 215-pound Anderson bats  and throws left-handed. The 24-yhear-old was the Red Sox’s 18th round pick in 2006.

Anderson, in 2009, was the top prospect in the Red Sox organization and was drawing comparisons to slugger Anthony Rizzo just two seasons ago. Toting raw power, Anderson is said to have below-average contact skills despite above-average patience at the plate.

Wright went 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA in 20 starts with Double-A Akron. He struck out 101 and walked 62 in 115 2/3 innings. He was the subject of a piece by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince wherein the player attempted to reinvent himself following the advice from former Cleveland Indians hurler Tom Candiotti.

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  • TheDOC

    Wow, there goes or pipe dream of seeing the reincarnation of Tom Candiotti in Cleveland.

  • TheDOC


  • were going to the world series now! breslow and wright are just wahat we needed!NOT!

  • Harv 21

    we’re buyers!
    (wait, can’t tell, maybe the Sox are the buyers)

  • mgbode

    interesting. he hasn’t been able to figure out AAA pitching yet and he’s been there 2.5 seasons. however, he’s only 24yo.

  • dwhit110

    Ok, so worst case, we got someone for LaPorta to reminisce about 2009 with.

  • cmm13

    LaPorta: Yeah back in ’09 I was all the rage up in Cleveland.

    Anderson: yeah, back in ’09 I was in my college doorm room knee deep in Call of Duty and pizza boxes… who are you again?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Don’t ever tell me Boston doesn’t try to help Cleveland, LoL! Maybe the mighty Indians system can turn around Anderson for ya but enjoy meanwhile Wright can become the next Tim Wakefield. But I’m pi$$ed, ESPN nor MLB network had this deal reported. And they call themselves professionals.

  • nowearman

    so….is WFNY done with nightly boxes of the tribe games?

  • FearTheRoo

    Well just like the team, WFNY has given up on the season.


  • ehsteve14

    I did a word search for “right-handed” and didn’t find it. That’s all I needed to know.

  • TeddyRoos

    We now have acquired book end .160 hitters. Where are my series tickets.

  • Ritz

    Standing pat was the worst thing this team could have done. Acquire no assets for the future and keep people like Lowe and do nothing to improve now either.

  • f off, lahey

    that’s a pathetic deadline “deal”

  • Lyon25

    Just what we need. Below avg contact skills and Power, yet the power isn’t showing up in his numbers. We don’t have any of those types of guys.

  • mgbode

    who wanted Lowe?

  • JNeids

    Two .160 hitters doesn’t = one .320 hitter?

  • Ritz

    Maybe no one did… But any return would be better than none, even if it’s just cash.

    There is no point to having him on the team.

    I am not clueless, I realize it takes two to tango, but I am almost certain teams would be interested in Lowe for middle relief at worst (as Pluto pointed out today). Even if the return is just cash, it’s better than not getting anything at all.

    The deadline inactivity sure as hell better guarantee the front office will be very active in the offseason.

  • Dee P

    Lowe could be a post-deadline move…don’t count that out yet.

  • Jaker

    Is he of or 1b?

  • mgbode

    yeah, he’s just fallen off a cliff so much lately that I don’t think teams would be willing to even take on his salary for the rest of the season.

    I agree with Dee that we likely put him on waivers now and see if anyone bites (heck, if they claim him, we might just let him go). I’d rather see another look at Jeanmar at this point.

    The good thing is that our rotation for next season is getting set without him.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    This guy sounds like a younger left-handed Aaron Cunningham. Okay that was a low blow… he might actually turn out to be David Delucci.

  • steve-o

    I assume we recieved some cash in this deal?

  • erchoov

    FINALLY!!! They finally addressed our need for a AAA left handed bat. About time.

  • Garry_Owen

    Dang. I’m really going to miss Steven Wright. That dude is funny.
    One of my favorites: “It’s a small world; but I wouldn’t want to paint it.”
    Another: “I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn’t grow there.”

  • Dee P

    Any updates on Carrasco out there? I’ve missed him this season.

  • Dee P

    Masterson, Ubaldo, Hernandez, McAllister, Carrasco…..if they stay healthy all year….not bad…..or am I dead wrong?