Indians Acquire Aguilar, Brewers Keep Lofgren

The Indians acquired pitcher Omar Aguilar from the Brewers, allowing Milwaukee to retain Rule 5 lefty Chuck Lofgren and send him to Triple A, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Lofgren cleared waivers.

Aguilar, 25 later this month, posted a 4.72 ERA, 11.4 K/9, and 4.4 BB/9 in 55.3 relief innings split between High A and Double A in 2009 (he was demoted in June).  He failed to crack Baseball America's top 30 Brewers prospects list this year, but ranked #21 heading into '09.  A Tommy John survivor, Aguilar is a power arm with a mid-90s fastball and a setup man projection.  Nice pickup by the Indians.

Lofgren, 24, last appeared in a Baseball America handbook when he ranked second among Indians prospects heading into '08.  The lefty projected as a #3 starter at the time.  Last year he posted a 4.15 ERA, 5.9 K/9, and 3.1 BB/9 in 141 innings split between Double A and Triple A.  He was left unprotected in the '08 Rule 5 and went unclaimed, but the Brewers snagged him in the '09 draft.

With Bobby Cassevah sent back to the Angels yesterday and Armando Zerpa returned to the Red Sox, 14 of the 17 Rule 5 picks from the Major League phase still face unresolved situations.

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