Tribe acquires Aguilar for Rule 5 pick
Trade completed with Brewers for right-handed prospect
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Left-hander Chuck Lofgren didn't stick with the Brewers after they claimed him from the Indians in December's Rule 5 Draft, but he won't be coming back to the Tribe.Instead, the two clubs worked out a trade that will allow the Brewers to retain the rights to Lofgren in exchange for right-hander Omar Aguilar, who spent last season at the Class A and Double-A levels. Lofgren had to remain on the Brewers' active roster or Major League disabled list for the length of the 2010 season or else be offered back to the Indians for $25,000, half of the price the Brewers paid to the Tribe when they selected him with the 11th pick in the Rule 5 Draft. When it became clear to the Brewers that Lofgren, who went a combined 9-11 with a 4.15 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus last year, would not win a job in their big league bullpen, they placed him on waivers. After he cleared, they worked out the deal with the Tribe in order to keep him. So, what are the Indians getting back for a guy who was once deemed an up-and-coming prospect, before his stock fell? Well, a guy who was once deemed an up-and-coming prospect, before his stock fell.
Aguilar, 25, spent 2009 at Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville, going a combined 3-1 with a 4.72 ERA and 14 saves in 41 relief appearances. He also pitched nine games in the Arizona Fall League, giving up 10 runs on 16 hits and 10 walks over 12 2/3 innings in nine games.Aguilar, who was outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster in January, was once viewed as a potential closer candidate. Since being selected by the Brewers in the 30th round of the 2005 Draft, Aguilar has posted a Minor League record of 13-9 with 40 saves in 136 appearances, including six starts.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.