Desperate Padres Grab Lane

The Deal

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.
Quick Take
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.

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