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Friday, July 27, 2007

Texas Rangers Trade Kenny Lofton To Indians

By David

The Cleveland Indians re-acquired Kenny Lofton on Friday for minor league catcher Max Ramirez.

Lofton, 40, will enjoy his third stint with the ball club that he flourished with during the mid 90's. He's the all-time stolen base leader (450) in franchise history and ranks third in runs scored (951), tenth in career base hits (1,463) and at-bats (4,872).

He will provide added depth to a young outfield that is comprised of 24-year old all-star Grady Sizemore, 30-year old Jason Michaels and 33-year old Trot Nixon.

General manager Mark Shapiro said, ''This is a guy who brings a lot of energy to us. He is 40-years old with a body of a 25-year old.''

Unlike in Texas where Lofton was playing on a struggling team, he will quickly be thrusted into a pennant race in Cleveland. The Indians are currently leading the wild card race and are right behind the Tigers for the division lead.

Max Ramirez,22, played in the All-Star Futures game earlier this month and was hitting over .300 with Class A Kinston.

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