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Red Sox Flip Anderson To Indians For Wright

The Deal
The Red Sox and Indians exchanged second-tier prospects as time expired on the 2012 non-waiver trade deadline. Boston sent first baseman and former No. 1 prospect Lars Anderson to Cleveland for Double-A knuckleballer Steve Wright.
 
Red Sox Acquire
Steve Wright, rhp
Age: 27. Born: Aug 30, 1984 in Torrance, Calif.
Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 200.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Hawaii.
Career Transactions: Selected by Indians in second round of 2006 draft; signed July 3, 2006.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Akron (EL) AA 9 6 2.65 20 20 0 116 86 44 34 8 62 101 1.28

A demotion from Triple-A to Double-A in 2010 convinced Wright it was time to ditch his traditional sinker/cutter repertoire in favor of the knuckleball. Following a year of growing pains in 2011, he found his groove with Arkon this season, going 9-6, 2.49 with 101 strikeouts in 116 innings and pacing all Eastern League starters with a .207 opponent average. Wright throws his knuckler in the style of the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, sitting in the mid- to high-70s and topping out in the low 80s. Wright’s traditional offerings—the sinker and cutter—also grade out a bit better than Dickey’s corresponding pitches, and now that he’s joined the Red Sox organization Wright figures to have unlimited access to the advice of Tim Wakefield.

 
Indians Acquire
Lars Anderson, 1b
Age: 24. Born: Sep 25, 1987 in Oakland.
Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 215.
Bats: L. Throws: L.
School: Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif.
Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in 18th round of 2006 draft; signed Aug. 8, 2006.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Boston (AL) MLB .125 6 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .125 .125
Pawtucket (AAA) AAA .259 93 340 49 88 22 2 9 52 56 89 1 .359 .415

Signed for $825,000 as an 18th-round pick out of high school, Anderson ranked as Boston’s No. 1 prospect after he tore up Double-A pitching as a 20-year-old in 2008. His stock has dropped considerably since and he has spent most of last three years putting up mediocre numbers in Triple-A. He’s still big and strong and shows promising bat speed and contact skills, yet he doesn’t show enough power to profile as a regular at first base. Blocked by Adrian Gonzalez in Boston, Anderson got some time in left field this year. He still fits best at first base, where he has worked hard to become a solid defender. The Red Sox nearly traded him to the Athletics a year ago for Rich Harden, but changed their mind after reviewing Harden’s medical records.

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