According to a major league source, the Red Sox traded first baseman Lars Anderson to the Indians in exchange for Double-A starter Steven Wright.
Anderson, once rated as the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, was hitting .259 with a .359 OBP, .415 slugging mark and .774 OPS with nine homers in Triple-A Pawtucket this year, similar numbers to the .265/.369/.422/.791 line he posted a year ago at the same level. The 24-year-old nearly had been traded to the Athletics in a deal for pitcher Rich Harden at the 2011 deadline, only to have the deal nixed by Sox concerns about Harden's medicals.
In exchange for Anderson, the Sox received 27-year-old right-hander Wright, a knuckleball pitcher who was having a tremendous year in Double-A Akron. In 20 starts, he is 9-6 with a 2.70 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 62 walks in 115 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .207 against him, the lowest batting average against in the Eastern League. He is not on the 40-man roster, so the Red Sox have freed a pair of 40-man spots in dealing Anderson, Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik for Craig Breslow (from the Diamondbacks) and Wright.