|The Indians traded lefthander Aaron Laffey to the Mariners for Double-A second baseman/outfielder Matt Lawson and cash.
Cleveland could not seem to settle on a role for the 25-year-old Laffey during the past two seasons, so they decided to trade him when they needed space on the 40-man roster for recent free agent acquisition Chad Durbin. Without Laffey, the fight to be Indians No. 5 starter falls to David Huff, Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin
|Matt Lawson, 2b/lf
Age: 25. Position: 2B (99 G), LF (13 G), SS (2 G), CF (1 G).
Born: Nov. 18, 1985 in Joplin, Mo.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 195. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Missouri State.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rangers in 14th round of 2007 draft; signed June 10, 2007 ... Traded by Rangers with 1B Justin Smoak and RHPs Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke to Mariners for LHP Cliff Lee, RHP Mark Lowe and cash, July 9, 2010.
Included as a throw-in in the Mariners-Rangers Cliff Lee trade last June, Lawson finds himself on the move yet again. In fact, he has a chance to appear in all three Double-A leagues in roughly the same calendar year if he opens this season with Akron of the Eastern League. Lawson checked off the Texas and Southern leagues in 2010. His range of abilities make him a likely utility player down the road, but probably one limited to second base and left field because of a below-average arm. Lawson has some home-run power, but his game is centered on grinding out at-bats and lining the ball into the gaps. An absolute best case would be Ryan Raburn, though Lawson has less power and less arm strength.
|Aaron Laffey, lhp
Age: 25. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2011-14 seasons ($421,900 salary in '10).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.