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Indians decide to (mostly) sit out the trading deadline

The Cleveland Indians made a deal before today’s non-waiver trade deadline – just not the kind of deal many fans were hoping for.

The Tribe sent Double-A pitcher Steven Wright to the Red Sox in exchange for Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson, who was stuck in the minors behind starting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

“I’m really pretty happy about it to be honest,” Anderson told The Providence Journal. “It’s a strange concept that one day I’m with one team and the next I’m with another, but I’m really looking forward to a fresh start. I think it’s going to energize me. I always thought that’d be a cool place to play with a good organization.”

The 24-year-old Anderson, once rated as Boston’s best prospect, has spent the majority of the season at Pawtucket, hitting .259 with nine home runs and 52 RBI. He has had a cup of coffee three times with the Red Sox, batting .167 in 30 games at the major-league level. Oddly enough, he was traded to Oakland at last year’s trade deadline, only to see the deal fall apart when Boston didn’t like Rich Harden’s medical reports.

According to OvertheMonster.com, Anderson is “patient to the point of it being problematic – passive is the best way to describe his approach. He shows flashes of power sometimes, though, and maybe in a new environment, where expectations are a bit different than they were, Anderson can finally turn into something.”

Oh, and he bats from the left side, naturally.

“Lars has been a highly-regarded prospect for a long time and is a good alternative for our big-league club,” Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti told The Plain Dealer. “He’s a big physical player, who is good around the bag and a good defensive first baseman.”

Where and when do we pick up our playoff tickets?

Antonetti, apparently not finding anything else to his liking, passed on making the kind of trade that can recharge both the team – which is just 18-26 since June 1 and sits in third place, five games back of the White Sox heading into Tuesday night’s game – and the fan base.

“We looked at players who could help us in the short term and players who could help us in the future, but we weren’t able to align on value,” Antonetti said.

If Antonetti meant not moving Vinnie Pestano for a two-month rental like Shane Victorino, that’s OK. As far as not pulling the trigger on anyone else, he’s taking a big risk.

If the Tribe doesn’t make a move soon in the standings, you can close the book on the 2012 season – especially with the Cleveland Browns opening the exhibition season at the end of next week.

The Indians decided to sit out the trade deadline. We will soon know if they will be sitting out of playoff baseball for the fifth year in a row.

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