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Kenny Lofton Traded For Max Ramirez

The Dallas Morning News has definitely stated:

Evan Grant reports that the Rangers have traded center fielder Kenny Lofton to the Cleveland Indians for 23-year-old catcher Max Ramirez.

If the prospect is correct (I don't doubt the Lofton acquistion), then Rangers GM Jon Daniels has pulled off a deal he can be proud of. Max Ramirez can hit and draw walks!

Here are his career numbers:

Year Level Team Age G AB XBH HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG CR
2004 Rk GCL Braves 19 57 204 25 8 35 19 50 0.275 0.339 0.480 0.755
2005 Rk Danville 20 63 239 27 8 47 31 41 0.347 0.424 0.527 0.828
2006 A Rome 21 70 235 25 9 34 46 63 0.294 0.414 0.477 0.732
2006 A Lake Cty 21 37 127 11 4 26 30 27 0.307 0.435 0.465 0.787
2007 A+ Kinston 22 77 277 32 12 62 53 63 0.303 0.418 0.505 0.773

The Baseball America Prospect Book 2007 ranks him 21st in the Cleveland organization and does not offer the accolades I did. However, I will be interested to read if their assessment has improved after seeing him sting the ball in the 2007 XM Satellite Futures Game.

Some club officials believe his ceiling could be as a utility player along the lines of Olmead Saenz...