This is the last big trade that we’ve yet to look at, so we’ll start right up.
Indians get: OF Kenny Lofton
Rangers get: C Max Ramirez (A+)
Quick outlook: Lofton gains a little value. Ramirez’s value remains the same.
Indirectly affected: Ben Francisco loses value. Trot Nixon loses value. Jason Michaels loses a little bit of value.
With so many outfielders in Cleveland, it’s difficult to tell immediately who will lose the most value from this trade. The Indians intend to play Lofton against right-handers, though, so someone stands to lose some time.
Ben Francisco has already been sent back to the minors. Trot Nixon will likely sit the bench most games, with Franklin Gutierrez getting much of the playing time in right field. He’ll still probably lose a few at-bats. Grady Sizemore‘s value stays the same; he won’t be benched. Jason Michaels will still start in left field versus lefties, but extra at-bats after those will be difficult to come by.
Lofton’s value probably increases a little bit with Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez batting behind him and Sizemore ahead of him. There is no guarantee he will continue to hit second, but it is a great situation for him if he does. He should be able to hit .300 with tons of runs and a lot of steals and maybe a couple more RBIs than he would have had with the Rangers, but don’t expect his HR production to continue.
Max Ramirez’s value stays the same for, this year, as a catcher in High A.