February 22, 2012; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti watches a bullpen session during spring training at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Trade Deadline: Indians Acquire Lars Anderson In Minor Move With Red Sox

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Indians were neither buyers nor sellers, adding catcher Lars Anderson in a minor trade with the Boston Red Sox.

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MLB Trade Deadline: Indians Acquire Lars Anderson From Boston For Double-A Pitcher Steven Wright

Although it once appeared that the Indians would hold firm and not make any deals on the day of the trade deadline, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian is reporting that Cleveland has acquired 24-year-old Triple-A outfielder/first baseman Lars Anderson from the Boston Red Sox in a last minute swap:

Anderson is hitting .259 this season in the minors with nine home runs and 52 RBI, and was a top-ranked youngster in Boston's organization for virtually the last six years. Heading into the 2008 campaign though, which was essentially the peak of his hype, Baseball America tabbed Anderson as the No. 1 prospect in the entire Red Sox organization, which is an impressive distinction.

Despite struggling to get at-bats in the show with Boston, a 24-year-old Anderson offers plenty of upside on a power-hitting strapped roster like Cleveland's. And according to Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier at WEEI.com, the Indians only had to cough up Double-A knuckleballer Steven Wright to land Anderson's services:

A second-round pick in 2006, the now-27-year-old Wright has bounced around between all levels of competitive baseball since joining the professional ranks. His knuckle ball has been described as nearly unhittable when things are going well, though, and it could be quite possible that the Red Sox think they can turn him into another Tim Wakefield.

For more trade deadline coverage involving the Indians, stay with this StoryStream. Head over to Let's Go Tribe for more Indians news, and be sure to check out Baseball Nation for more MLB analysis.


MLB Trade Rumors: Pittsburgh Reportedly Trying To Land Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo

Once thought to be buyers at the trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians continue to field offers from a number of contending teams involving their top players. And as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates are actively trying to swing a deal for Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo with the deadline roughly 50 hours away:

The name Marte obviously means Pittsburgh's super-prospect Starling Marte, a 23-year-old outfielder who smacked a home run into the bleachers on his very first MLB at-bat last Thursday. The Pirates recently gave Marte their starting job in left-field, but could be willing to mortgage a bit of their future for Choo's All-Star bat right now with the playoff race heating up.

After playing the better part of the last seven seasons in Cleveland though, Choo was obviously taken aback by the news on Sunday, but told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian that his No. 1 priority right now is to win games:

Although Marte would be a serious coup for any team to acquire regardless of the cost, it's likely that it will take a young talented arm or another big-time prospect from Pittsburgh to get the Indians to seriously consider making this deal.

For more trade rumors involving the Indians, stay with this StoryStream. For more Indians coverage, check out Let's Go Tribe. And for more MLB news and analysis, make sure to visit Baseball Nation.

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