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Indians acquire Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler from Rays

Jan 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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Russ Canzler predictably drew interest from other teams after the Rays designated him for assignment last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Tampa Bay has traded the Triple-A MVP to Cleveland for cash considerations.

For a brief moment early in the offseason Canzler sat atop the Rays’ first base depth chart, but then they signed Carlos Pena to play first base and later dropped Canzler from the 40-man roster to make room for Jeff Keppinger.

He certainly doesn’t project as a star, but Canzler is 25 years old and coming off back-to-back big seasons in the minors, including a .314 batting average, 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS at Triple-A. He could end up getting a chance at first base if the Indians don’t sign a veteran, but more likely profiles as a bench bat or platoon starter.

  1. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Unfortunatly saw this coming when he was waived. Maybe Cleveland Clinic can piece him together with LaPorta to make one decent first baseman.

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