Tribe Trades Laffey To Seattle For Infielder

The Indians have traded another veteran player, this time one who not on a big-money contract. They got another prospect in return. Left-hander Aaron Laffey was sent to the Seattle Mariners for second baseman-outfielder Matt Lawson, who has now been traded twice in eight months and still has not played about Double-A ball. Lawson was sent by Texas to the Mariners in a multi-player deal last July.

Lawson, 25, split the 2010 season between AA Frisco (Texas) and AA West Tennessee (Seattle) batting a combined .293 (134-458) with 75 runs, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 9 homers and 56 RBI in 118 games.

He was acquired by the Mariners on July 9 along with first baseman Justin Smoak and right-handers Josh Lueke and Blake Beavan as part of the trade that sent ex-Indians lefty Cliff Lee and right-hander Mark Lowe to the Rangers.

Drafted by the Rangers in the 14th round in 2007, Lawson hit .277 (81-292) with 48 runs, 16 doubles, 5 triples, 7 homers and 34 RBI in 76 games at Frisco while being named to the Texas League All-Star game. With Friscom 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, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers 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 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, one double, one homer and seven RBI in 20 games. In the AFL, Lawson appeared in 16 games at short, 3 games at third and 1 game at second 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, 77 doubles, 15 triples, 27 homers and 165 RBI in 405 games covering 4 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 10HR to go along with a .293 average.

Laffey, 25, went 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA in 29 games including five starts for the Indians in 2010 as he missed a portion of the season with left shoulder fatigue.

In Seattle, he will be reunited with former Indians manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis.

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