CLEVELAND (AP) - The Texas Rangers today traded outfielder Kenny
Lofton to Cleveland.
Lofton returns for his third stint with the Indians.
The Rangers get minor league catcher Max Ramirez.
The Indians acquired Ramirez last season from the Atlanta Braves
in exchange for closer Bob Wickman.
Lofton -- who's 40 -- was a five-time All-Star in nine seasons
Cleveland hasn't made the playoffs since he left as a free agent
following the 2001 season.
The Indians entered the weekend a game and a-half behind
first-place Detroit in the A-L Central and leading the wild card.
Lofton -- since getting a 20-game trial with Houston late in the
1991 season -- has played for ten other teams.
With Texas again in last place in the A-L West, there's been
plenty of interest from contending teams in Lofton and Mark