Indians Acquire Lars Anderson

The Indians acquired first baseman/left fielder Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for Double-A starter Steven Wright, the teams announced. WEEI's Alex Speier first reported the trade (on Twitter).

The Red Sox have promoted Anderson in each of the last three seasons, but he has never played more than 18 games or collected more than 43 plate appearances in any one season with Boston. He has spent most of this year at Triple-A, where he has a .259/.359/.415 and nine home runs in 401 plate appearances. The 24-year-old bats left-handed and was considered one of the top prospects in baseball as recently as 2009.

Wright, a 27-year-old knuckleballer, posted a 2.49 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 in 115 2/3 innings at Double-A this year. He started 20 games this year and has started for most of his six-year minor league career.


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88 Comments on "Indians Acquire Lars Anderson"


Devern Hansack
3 years 1 month ago

I’m thrilled the Sox will be getting something out of this guy. He’s buried on the organizational depth chart.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

I hope he gets a chance to play with Cleveland. He’s put up with a lot so far.

DunkinDonuts
3 years 1 month ago

If by “put up with a lot” you mean that he has dropped down the organizational depth chart after three straight seasons of failing to post an .800 OPS in AAA, then yes, he’s a doormat.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Atrophying in AAA ball can do a lot of harm. I’d like to see how he does if he gets an actual chance with the Indians.

3 years 1 month ago

It’s for a minor league reliever.

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

I think it’s save to say they won’t be getting Justin Masterson back in return???

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

It’s as safe to say that as it is to lick the walls in a 1940’s house.

ellisburks
3 years 1 month ago

I like the taste of lead paint chips.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

They have no need now. Sent Matty Albers for Craig Breslow and can move Franklin Morales back to the rotation. Morales made 5 starts and in 4 he was absolutely dominant.

Those 4 starts? 23IP 16h 4er 6bb 26k

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

I will never have to hear Lars being discussed in a Sox package again!!!!!!!!!!!

Devern Hansack
3 years 1 month ago

I am a Red Sox fan, and I approve this message.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Seconded

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

I was very happy for him when he almost went to Oakland last year for Harden. Now he has a chance in Cleveland. Should be interesting to see what the Sox get in return. I don’t expect it to be much, but He deserves a shot.

M.Kit
3 years 1 month ago

Journeyman Minor Leaguer RP Steven Wright, who does have some decent numbers at the AA level this year

M.Kit
3 years 1 month ago

ERA and K/9 wise, walks a lot

3 years 1 month ago

He is still getting used to becoming a knuckle ball pitcher, that’s where the walks are coming from. I’m a Cleveland fan and was excited to see this guy in CLE. He’s gonna be good for you guys, so hopefully this works out for both teams.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 1 month ago

Agreed, The crying from this return will be the last we have to deal with.

Andrew Rosner
3 years 1 month ago

Thirded…motion passed…thank god

3 years 1 month ago

Please tell me its Masterson!

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 1 month ago

For a bag of balls to be named later

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

Justin Masterson??

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

be realistic. we’re getting santana

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

I was so confused, I thought Lars was supposed to be packaged for King Felix yo!

JosephB77
3 years 1 month ago

Not for nothing, but Masterson has been taking a beating. Way too many people are looking at 2011 and think it is his norm. In 09, 10, and 12, his ERA is 4.47 or higher. He’s okay, but he is also going to get expensive over the next two arb years.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

It was a joke, obviously not a good one because I got a lot of down arrows!!

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

getting those downvotes on r/mlbtrades is rough

discollama
3 years 1 month ago

Didn’t see this one happening

rovert22044
3 years 1 month ago

Masterson back on the Red Sox maybe?!

HolaAmigas
3 years 1 month ago

Moving on..

ugotrpk3113
3 years 1 month ago

Hahaha…. Masterson…

It’s a minor league pitcher, according to sources

FelixFan
3 years 1 month ago

Wanted the M’s to get this guy. Oh well.

Jack Cox
3 years 1 month ago

For who Masterson? I’m sure he’s worth more than that but.

vtadave
3 years 1 month ago

No, it was for Lindor. Sigh…Masterson? Really?

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 1 month ago

Minor league pitcher apparently

CrimsonBirds
3 years 1 month ago

Is this good for the Red Sox?

DontForgetTheAlcohol
3 years 1 month ago

we don’t know who Indians are sending yet……

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

It’s good for Lars Anderson. Really glad he’s finally in a place where he might get a chance.

stl_cards16
3 years 1 month ago

That probably depends on who they are getting, don’t you think?

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

interesting theory

Paul Ferrari
3 years 1 month ago

Sure. Gives him a fresh start. Wasn’t going to happen for him here in Boston.

BoSoXaddict
3 years 1 month ago

Lars was destined to be a throw-in in a trade sooner or later since he’s permanently blocked by Gonzo. If anything we’re mainly doing him a favor by sending him somewhere else.

3 years 1 month ago

for Steven Wright

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 1 month ago

A 27 year old AA pitcher? Yup, bag of balls indeed.

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 1 month ago

Giving him a shot to actually play.

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 1 month ago

MIddlebrooks this season is a perfect example of taking advantage of an opportunity. You open your own doors in this league, and if you play well you will get playing time. No team should ever trade anyone to give them a shot to play, it’s the player’s responsiblity to make his shot. If Anderson lived up to his hype before he would be on this team somewhere. He’s young enough to still have a shot, but he has to play well to get that chance.

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 1 month ago

He wasn’t in their long-term plans and they got a solid AA pitcher for him. I will take this trade any day of the week.

TimmyTribe
3 years 1 month ago

Knuckleballer

M.Kit
3 years 1 month ago

He was blocked in Boston, glad he’ll have a chance with a new club

DontForgetTheAlcohol
3 years 1 month ago

Pitcher is 27 y/o Steven Wright. 2.70 ERA with 101 k’s in 115 IP for AA..

jswede
3 years 1 month ago

no, AA.

3 years 1 month ago

40 man roster move?