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 "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. 

21 Responses to Mariners To Acquire Aaron Laffey Leave a Reply

  1. Championship.

  2. playoffs tho

  3. Tko11 4 years ago

    Cy Young

  4. All Star

  5. Here’s the future Gold Glove.

  6. MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

    The next Jamie Moyer.

  7. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    When I read I thought why are the indians bringing back an old angry outfielder again? Was thinking of Matt Lawton.

  8. Is this Antonetti’s first trade?

  9. damnitsderek 4 years ago

    You know, these seemingly minor deals with Cleveland never seem to work out well in Seattle’s favor.

    See: Choo, Shin-Soo and Cabrera, Asdrubal.

  10. woadude 4 years ago

    The big winner is Cleveland, the trade of Cliff Lee pays even more dividends to them.

  11. woadude 4 years ago

    About time Seattle did something remotely close to showing life, I am tired of them doing nothing. My message to the Mariners is you are owned by Nintendo….. act like it!!!

  12. Only saw him pitch a few times but I liked what I saw. He’s a control pitcher for sure so if he’s not locating he’s going to get knocked around, but definitely has potential.

  13. daveineg 4 years ago

    What’s incredible about Laffey is that he kept an ERA under 5 the last two seasons with such a low strikeout rate and high WHIP. You would think it would have been in the 6 neighborhood.

  14. sportsnut969 4 years ago

    I Love how fans look at a guy who will not be 26 until the world series has been played and all the ball players are sitting at home a nothing.

    All Lawson has done is hit his Arse off since he first put on a Uni look at the numbers and when you do there is nothing that blows you away but he has done well for himself at every level he has been at and from what we are hearing in Cleveland today the Indians plans is for him to play 3rd at AA.

    Also when Chisenhall gets the call as soon as he by passes the super 2 date Lawson will be moved up to AAA.

    So IMO this was a good return for a Turd relef pitcher I would have never thought that we would have ever received a guy even this good in return for the Flaming Turd ( Laffey ) Now Lawson is not a top 20 prospect but he can bot be denied the numbers that he has put up across the board and he did this while playing several different positions.

  15. I would hope that they would know that. But his point is still correct that they don’t have a shot at a championship after this move, and a playoff appearance would be remarkable.

    Yeah, his comments were smart, but also true. You could talk about the other people who are [sarcastically] talking about how this really improves the m’s

  16. Well when you make a joke you like for people to joke with you. Not be a stick in the mud and repeatedly refute things everyone already knows aren’t serious statements.

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