Rangers Trade Kenny Lofton to Cleveland for… Max Ramirez?

I was right, and I was wrong.

Turns out Kenny Lofton has indeed become the first Texas Ranger to be dealt.  I was right about that.

But my hopes that JD’s ability to spin up tremendous buzz about Teixeira was “a reflection on his maturation as a GM” seems to be wrong.

JD was just taken to school by Cleveland’s GM – Mark Shapiro.

Lofton may be a 40-year-old rent-a-player to the Indians, but I think his value to them is more than a Class-A catcher that the Braves already gave up on last year to acquire Bob Wickman. To be clear, Ramirez is good prospect.  But it’s a long, long road from being a Futures-Game Class A catcher to a big league contributor. Projecting Ramirez into the big leagues is a very cloudy calculation.  I do think the Rangers need to stock up at Catcher because I doubt even Rudy Jaramillo will be able to fix Laird, and the Rangers would be nuts to put all their stock in Teagarden is being THE answer. But this looks like very low return on Lofton.

With Lofton continuing his 16-year run as a top leadoff man this season and last, going to a team for which he is best known and adored by fans, where they’re trying to chase the power-house Tigers or a Wild Card birth, JD should have been able to get more in return. 

This does not bode well for our hopes that Little Jon DanielsHart (I’d stopped calling him that for a while because I thought he was earning it) will be able to make a bloackbuster deal for Tex (much less Gagne, Benoit or Mahay).

(One way this might make more sense is if JD is hoping that by pulling the trigger early with Cleveland – before they might have upped their offer – it will put more pressure on the Tigers, Angels, Yankees and Red Sox (who would each have to compete with the Indians either to get a playoff spot or in the playoffs) to get more serious about acquiring Tex to help hold off the Indians.  And maybe also pressure Seattle and Minnesota to think more about Gagne, Benoit or other Rangers who are available to help them in them chase the Indians for the Wild Card.  This move could have that kind of domino affect – especially if Shapiro and the Indians follow it with another move. If JD’s gotten that savvy, though, I’ll let him slap me across the face at home plate during the seventh inning stretch. Happily.)

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14 responses to “Rangers Trade Kenny Lofton to Cleveland for… Max Ramirez?

  1. On this year’s thin trade market, realistically, Lofton was too old to be of any real value to any team, unless they badly needed a CF. With Grady Sizemore in Cleveland, I really don’t know why the Indians wanted him anyway… I’ll have to check their OF depth chart, and see just who they had for a backup CF. But I agree with you, JD should have gotten at least 2 A-ball guys or one AA-ball prospect out of this. The only explanation for this I can think of is that the Rangers wanted to unload Kenny’s salary, and took the first deal that came along. I really hope this doesn’t foreshadow things to come. What’s next, Eric Gagne for a Rookie League prospect???

  2. This might sound crazy, but I really think this was the best JD could get for Ramirez. There just wasn’t a huge market for center fielders this year.

  3. You guys obviously don’t understand winning baseball but that’s not surprising when your Texas Rangers fans. Lofton wil platoon with Michaels in Cleveland and he gives them a line drive slap hitter. Something they don’t have. Unless Ramirez develops into an all star, you just been bitch slapped.

  4. rangersorrobbers

    Hey jdsj!s1 – you obviously didn’t do well on the reading and retention part of the SAT. What part of:

    “JD was just taken to school by Cleveland’s GM – Mark Shapiro.”

    did you not understand?

  5. How have we been “bitch slapped” or taken to school. Kenny lofton had no future on this team and we ended getting a guy back who has had some success in the minors.

    And who gives a fuck what position lofton plays with the indians, if he’s not on the rangers anymore, then, he’s not our problem.

    Like the other guy said above their wasn’t much of a market for a light-hitting center fielder. Most play-off bound teams – like the angels, dogders, twins- are looking for big power guys, like a dunn, a teixeira or maybe even a wigginton. As far as we know no one else even inquired about lofton, so to be able to unload him and get anything in return has got to be a plus. This team was going no where this year, so to have lofton’s old body decay here makes no sense.

  6. TradeTexFoundation

    ok, I think this is a good deal because it gives Nelly cruz a chance to play every day and was crushing the ball in AAA.Im not sure what compensation(sp) Lofton had but if its 2 draft picks….I’m not so sure about what we recived in return 2 pics would have been nice if thats what it was….
    TTF

  7. rangersorrobbers

    LR & TTF – I have much respect for you guys, and usually agree with your comments, but really think you’re off on this one.

    We couldn’t expect much for Lofton, that’s true – but an A-ball Catcher? One who’s been hurt and the Braves already gave up on?

    Lofton will provide real value to the Indians down the stretch and maybe into the playoffs, and we should have gotten more than a bunch of ???? marks in return.

    I’m now worried that other GMs are laughing so hard at JD for that trade, that they’re low-balling him on Teixeira knowing he might bite. The rumors of what teams were considering for Tex sure were juicier a week ago. And if JD were doing his job, the rumors should be getting better as the deadline approaches and other GMs start to get more serious – upping their offers to get closer to the Rangers’ high asking price. Instead, things sound to be getting worse on the Tex front, and the timing coincides with the Lofton trade. Big coincidence? Let’s hope so, but I think the GMs after Tex saw JD blink – AGAIN – and now smell blood in the water!

  8. Lofton’s currently hitting .256/.296/.269 as a member of the Indians.

    In the meantime, Baseball Prospectus recently ranked Max Ramirez as the 7th best catching prospect in baseball.

  9. rangersorrobbers

    And I hope Baseball Prospectus is right, because Ramirez would clearly be a key piece to putting the Rangers over the top and on the path to World Series glory!

  10. So…what do you folks have to say about this trade now?

  11. I agree with dave, how stupid does everyone feel now. Texas has some of the best prospects in all of the minors. I know because I just watched AA Frisco sweep the defending TX league champion San Antonio Missions. Thanks to the Lofton/Teixeira trades, the future is looking bright.

  12. This trade is looking better and better…. Ramirez may still lack some defensive skills and calling games but seems as if though this has worked in the Rangers favor thus far.

  13. I agree with dave, how stupid does everyone feel now. Texas has some of the best prospects in all of the minors. I know because I just watched AA Frisco sweep the defending TX league champion San Antonio Missions. Thanks to the Lofton/Teixeira trades, the future is looking bright.

  14. This trade is looking better and better…. Ramirez may still lack some defensive skills and calling games but seems as if though this has worked in the Rangers favor thus far.pharmaceutical sourcing

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