Saturday, December 11, 2004

Indians send Lawton to Pittsburgh for Rhodes 

OF Matt Lawton has been dealt from Cleveland to Pittsburgh for lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes.

The Indians have been wanting to dump Lawton's salary for a while, and Rhodes is a good fit for them, since their bullpen has been a mess. Rhodes can step in and be a lefty short reliever who can solidify them in the 7th and 8th innings.

I'm curious to see whether Pittsburgh hangs on to Lawton, or moves him again. Lawton would be a great fit for the Rangers, as he could handle a corner outfield slot and hit leadoff. I wouldn't mind seeing the Rangers send Pittsburgh a fringe prospect and take on Lawton, with the Pirates paying a couple million of his salary.

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