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07/27/2007 2:14 PM ET
Texas Rangers complete trade with Cleveland
Rangers obtain catcher Max Ramirez for outfielder Kenny Lofton; Club recalls outfielder Nelson Cruz
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced today the club has obtained minor league catcher Max Ramirez from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for OF Kenny Lofton. The club has also recalled OF Nelson Cruz from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Ramirez has spent the entire 2007 season with Class A Kinston in the Carolina League batting .303 with 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 77 games. He was named to that league's mid-season All-Star team and to the World team at the MLB All-Star Futures game. He served as the DH in that contest and was 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Among Carolina League leaders this season he ranked 2nd in on-base percentage (.418), 3rd in RBI (62) and 4th in average (.303) and slugging percentage (.505).

Prior to this season, Ramirez was ranked the 21st best prospect in the Cleveland organization by Baseball America. The Indians acquired him on July 20, 2006 from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Bob Wickman. He was a 2006 South Atlantic League All-Star and in 2005 was named the co-Most Valuable Player of the Appalachian League after hitting .347 with 19 doubles, eight homers and 47 RBI in 63 games. He was named to the postseason All-Star Team in 2005 and after that season was ranked by Baseball America as the 5th best prospect in the entire Appy League. During that season was converted to catcher from third base.

Ramirez will be assigned to Class-A Bakersfield. A native of Barquisimeto, VZ, he was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 1, 2002 by Atlanta.

Lofton had appeared in 84 games for the Rangers in 2007 and has batted .303 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. He has a team-high 21 stolen bases and is currently tied for 15th on the all-time list with 620 (Otis Nixon).

Cruz began the season with the Rangers and batted .188 with three home runs and 12 RBI before being optioned to Oklahoma on June 5. He has played in 45 games for the RedHawks and has batted .352 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI.

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