Mariners To Acquire Aaron Laffey

6:51pm: The Indians will receive infielder Matt Lawson in return for Laffey, according to a team press release.  Seattle will also send cash considerations to the Tribe, according to their Twitter feed.

Lawson has mostly played second base, but has also seen some time in the outfield as well as at shortstop.  The Indians' press release refers to the 25-year-old as an "infielder/outfielder".  In 118 games at the Double-A level last season, Lawson hit .293/.372/.439 with nine homers.

6:13pm: The Indians have reportedly traded Aaron Laffey to Seattle, writes Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer.  There's no word yet on what Cleveland will recieve in return for the soon-to-be 26-year-old.

Cleveland had planned to use Spring Training to decide whether to put the left-hander in the bullpen or at the back of the rotation.  Recently, Laffey said that while he was amiable towards whatever the Tribe decided on, he was very much looking forward to knowing what role he would take on in 2011.

"That's something I haven't had in a couple years," Laffey told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. "That consistency in knowing you're going to start the year in one position, and you're going to stay there, I haven't had that yet."

In four big league seasons, Laffey has a 4.41 ERA with 4.4 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9.  Trading the left-hander is likely the move to open up a spot on the Indians' 40-man roster for the recently signed Chad Durbin, Bastian tweets. 



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