The Padres lost two key outfielders to injury on Sunday, as Milton Bradley injured Mike Cameron’s hand when he stepped on it in a near-collision in the outfield, then tore a ligament in his right knee while being restrained during an argument with an umpire. Desperate for outfielders, San Diego acquired Jason Lane from the Astros on Monday in exchange for a player to be named and cash.
Update: The trade eventually was resolved with Houston receiving cash considerations.
|The Big Leaguers|
|Lane, 30, hit 26 homers in 2005, his lone season as a regular, but lost his regular job because he hasn’t produced much since. He has struggled horribly in 2007, batting .178/.257/.349 with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 68 games. He’s a decent athlete with enough range to get by in center field and enough arm to handle right. He’s making $1.05 million this year and will be arbitration-eligible again afterward. Lane is a career .241/.315/.458 hitter with 61 homers and 189 RBIs in 494 games.|
|Lane should be better than his numbers suggest, but he hasn’t hit for two straight years. He’s not bad for an emergency final-week pickup, as the Padres’ options were extremely limited.|