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Indians Trade Laffey to Mariners for Lawson

Indians Trade Laffey to Mariners for Lawson
March 2, 2011
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Matt Lawson
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The Cleveland Indians made a trade on Wednesday evening sending left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to the Seattle Mariners for minor league infielder Matt Lawson.

Lawson, 25, split the 2010 season between AA Frisco (Texas) and AA West Tennessee (Seattle) batting a combined .293 (134-458) with 75 runs scored, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 9 HR and 56 RBI (.372 OBP, .439 SLG, .811 OPS) in 118 games. He started the season in the Rangers organization before being acquired by the Mariners organization on July 9 along with INF Justin Smoak, RHP Josh Lueke and RHP Blake Beavan as part of the trade that sent lefty Cliff Lee and right-hander Mark Lowe to the Rangers.

Originally drafted by the Rangers in the 14th round of the 2007 draft, Lawson hit .277 (81-292) with 48 runs scored, 16 doubles, 5 triples, 7 HR and 34 RBI in 76 games at Frisco while being named to the Texas League All-Star game. With Frisco he appeared in 60 games at second base, 13 games in left field and 1 game in centerfield. After the trade, he batted .319 (53-166) with 27 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR and 22 RBI in 42 games for West Tennessee as he helped them advance to the Southern League playoffs. With West Tennessee he appeared in 39 games at second base and two games at shortstop. Following the season, Lawson played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .286 (18-63) with 10 runs scored, a doubles, a HR and 7 RBI in 20 games. In the AFL, Lawson appeared in 16 games at shortstop, 3 games at third base and 1 game at second base while being managed by current Columbus Clippers Manager Mike Sarbaugh.

The Springfield, MO native owns a career minor league average of .283 (431-1522) with 233 runs scored, 77 doubles, 15 triples, 27 HR and 165 RBI in 405 games covering four seasons. In 2009 while at Bakersfield he was named to the California League All-Star team and following the season was named as the Best Defensive Second Baseman in the California League by Baseball America while belting a career-high 10 HR to go along with a .293 average. Lawson will report to the Indians minor league camp in the coming days.

Laffey, 25, went 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA (55.2 IP, 62 H, 30 R, 28 ER, 28 BB, 28 K) in 29 games (5 starts) for the Indians in 2010 as he missed a portion of the season with left shoulder fatigue.

With Laffey leaving the roster, it creates a spot to add free agent signing Chad Durbin to the 40-man roster.

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