Earlier today the Dodgers acquired Casey Blake from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for two minor league prospects. This is the second day in a row that a hitter on the market that was receiving interest from a few teams was traded.
In no means is Blake a cornerstone-of-a-franchise type player but he can provide a reliable bat at the end of your order in the 6th or 7th spot. He can play the outfield or 1st base, but he for the Indians he played mostly at 3rd base.
This year he hit .289 with 11 homers and 58 RBI for the Indians. His power numbers are down this year, but in a full 162-game regular season he will provide 22 homers and 80 RBI. He is getting older though, at age 34. He has a .366 OBP which isn't extremely impressive, but isn't bad either.
The Dodgers are obviously trying to add that extra piece to their lineup as they proceed down the stretch of the season and as they try and inch closer to the under performing Diamondbacks in the NL West. Blake will add some experience at veteran know how to a young club.
In return for Blake, the Indians received C Carlos Santana and RHP Jon Meloan. Santana looks to be a good young bat as he has 14 homers and a .323 average in Single-A. Meloan is struggling at Triple-A with a 5-10 record and a high ERA of 4.97. He is a strikeout machine though, as he averages 11.5 Ks/9 IP.
I think that it's obvious the Indians are looking forward to the future with this trade and the C.C. Sabathia trade. The bar was set high for this team coming into this season, and they didn't come close to achieving those high expectations. They are starting to unload old players and valuable players for young, impact prospects.