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Are Lawton's Days Numbered?

Matt Lawton

<FONT face=Tahoma size=2>With the non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) rapidly approaching, veteran Matt Lawton's name keeps getting mentioned more and more as possible trade bait.<br><br> A year ago, no one in baseball would touch Lawton's contract, which runs through the end of the 2005 season and has him earning approximately $7 million per year.<br>

But now that Lawton is having an All-Star season, his salary doesn't seem like it'll be a stumbling block if indeed the Indians choose to move him, thus opening the door for a younger and less-expensive outfielder on the roster. Trading Lawton not only would free up $7 million for next season, but also should bring some quality young talent in return. It also would allow the Indians to bring up...

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