The Indians managed to sneak in a deal near the MLB trading deadline of 4 p.m. Tuesday.
But unlike like last season, the swap was no where near the blockbuster trade like the one that landed starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez for a bevy of young players, including the Tribe’s top two pitching prospects in Drew Pomeranz and Alex White.
Instead, this year’s deadline deal flew much more under the radar. Merely swapping two minor leaguers, the Indians quietly shipped Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Steven Wright to Boston in exchange for Triple-A Pawtucket first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson.
Wright, a knuckleball pitcher who turns 28 on Aug. 30, was the Indians second-round pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Hawaii. He’d reached the Triple-A level in 2010 before recently undergoing a project to reinvent himself as a knuckleballer ala Boston’s now-retired Tim Wakefield.
Anderson, 24, has spent a majority of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .259 with 22 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 52 RBI in 93 games (66 at first base, 16 in left field).
Anderson, who spent six games with the Red Sox at the end of April (going 1-for-8) and 48 total to date, was drafted by Boston the same year as Wright in the 18th round out of Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Ca.
In six minor league seasons, he’s batted .274 with 182 doubles, 76 home runs and 408 RBI and 407 walks in 730 games. From 2008-10, Anderson was ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 Minor League prospects.