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Indians trade for Russ Canzler

Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:15 am
By Matt Snyder

Corner infielder/corner outfielder Russ Canzler was designated for assignment last week by the Rays in order to make room on the 40-man roster for new signee Jeff Keppinger. Tuesday, Canzler was traded to the Indians, the club announced.

Canzler, 25, was the MVP of the Triple-A International League last season when he hit .314/.401/.530 with 18 homers and 40 doubles for the Durham Bulls. He played 41 games in right field, 40 at third base, 33 in left field and 17 at first.

Assuming Carlos Santana stays behind the plate, first base might be Canzler's best path to regular playing time in Cleveland, but he'll likely get shots all over the place as a right-handed bat -- the Indians are loaded with lefties. He could spell Lonnie Chisenhall at third, Shin-Soo Choo in right or Michael Brantley in left, all of whom are left-handed.

In exchange for Canzler, the Rays will get cash considerations.

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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:40 pm

Indians trade for Russ Canzler

this IS a good deal for the indians. with the rays bringing back carlos pena, there was no hope for canzler to make the show there.

canzler may not be a defensive whiz (check his error total last year), but his bat will be a pleasant addition to the tribe.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:02 pm

Indians trade for Russ Canzler

This could turn into a good trade for the Indians, If Canzler play good in next couple of seasons.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:47 pm

Indians trade for Russ Canzler

YEA!!!  THE INDIANS MADE A MOVE!!!  this DEFINITELY answers detroit's signing of prince fielder!!!

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