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Kenny Lofton | Outfielder

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (47) / 5/31/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Arizona
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Jake Peavy suggested the Padres should sign free agent Kenny Lofton.
"I like Kenny," said Peavy. "I think he'd bring a dimension to this ballclub that we don't have any of -- we have no team speed. It's not my call. It's not my decision. But he'd definitely be a spark." It's true the Padres lack speed, but its also true that it's not Peavy's call. General manager Kevin Towers said Friday night "if there are moves to be made in the next couple of weeks, they'll probably be from within. My eyes are more on the (Triple-A) Portland team." Sat, Apr 26, 2008 09:34:00 AM

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Free agent Kenny Lofton admitted he turned down an offer from the Rays that would have paid him over $1 million.

Lofton made $6 million last season and doesn't see why he should settle for so much less now, especially since he'd be serving as a part-timer on a probable non-contender. The problem is that he isn't believed to have any standing offers, and even the teams that could use center-field help would prefer to give their current guys extended tryouts in April.
Thu, Mar 20, 2008 01:17:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark said it's believed the Rays made free agent Kenny Lofton an offer in the last 48 hours, but it wasn't accepted.

Despite being unemployed at such a late date, Lofton is still apparently being rather picky. If there's anyone else interested in him, they're keeping it quiet. The Reds were, but that was before they signed Corey Patterson.
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 06:55:00 PM

The Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays are interested in Kenny Lofton.

With Rocco Baldelli's health status uncertain, the Rays could throw Lofton into the mix with Cliff Floyd and Jonny Gomes between right field and designated hitter. The newspaper notes that the Mets may also be pursuing the 41-year-old veteran following Moises Alou's hernia surgery.
Sat, Mar 8, 2008 11:58:00 AM

Talks between the Reds and free agent Kenny Lofton broke down because of Lofton's desire for a major league contract, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

Lofton is obviously worthy of the major league deal, and he's patient enough to wait for one to come along. Odds are that some team will lose an outfielder this spring and come calling for the 40-year-old.
Fri, Feb 29, 2008 01:47:00 PM

Reds manager Dusty Baker said he's talked to both Kenny Lofton and Corey Patterson recently.

Baker seems to want his team to add a true leadoff man. "I think it's the most underrated position in baseball," he said. "Look at the good teams -- they all have a good leadoff man." Of course, Patterson doesn't qualify at all. Ryan Freel might, but he'll be a part-timer if the Reds carry Jay Bruce.
Sun, Feb 17, 2008 10:35:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in Kenny Lofton.

Signing Lofton would seemingly lead to top prospect Jay Bruce beginning the season in the minors, as the Reds could go with a Lofton-Ryan Freel or Lofton-Norris Hopper platoon in center field. Even at 41 years old Lofton is a fine platoon starter, hitting .296 with a .367 on-base percentage last season.
Mon, Feb 11, 2008 12:22:00 AM

Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted to speaking recently to Kenny Lofton's agent.

Lofton to the Brewers has been talked about for a few weeks now, but when asked about it late December, Melvin said there hadn't been any discussions since the winter meetings. It's possible they'll make him a one-year offer soon. "He can do some things we like," said Melvin. "He's still looking at his options, too."
Wed, Jan 9, 2008 01:06:00 PM

Responding Thursday to an ESPN.com report that the Brewers are the favorites to sign Kenny Lofton, general manager Doug Melvin said: "I haven't talked to his agent since the winter meetings."

Platooning Lofton with the newly signed Gabe Kapler seems like an obvious option and that would potentially allow the Brewers to shift Bill Hall back to the infield while moving Ryan Braun away from third base.
Fri, Dec 21, 2007 10:27:00 AM

Indians declined to offer arbitration to OF Kenny Lofton, RHP Keith Foulke, INF Chris Gomez and OF Trot Nixon.

The Indians were rightfully worried that Lofton would accept an arbitration offer, so they'll give up the potential for a draft pick there. The other three wouldn't have brought back compensation. Foulke is seriously contemplating a comeback after retiring in spring training.
Sun, Dec 2, 2007 02:23:00 AM

Kenny Lofton became the all-time postseason steal leader by swiping second during Tuesday's game against Boston.

Lofton has 34 steals in 92 postseason game. Rickey Henderson had 33 in 60. Lofton also ranks third in postseason history in runs scored and fourth in at-bats. He's tied with Chipper Jones for sixth in games played. Chipper and Manny Ramirez are the only players in the top 10 in games played never to have seen time with the Yankees.
Tue, Oct 16, 2007 11:25:00 PM

Kenny Lofton drove in four runs and Asdrubal Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner and Ryan Garko all homered as the Indians destroyed the Yankees 12-3 in Thursday's Game 1.

This is Lofton's 19th career postseason series. In none of the previous 18 did he drive in more than four runs. Lofton collected his runs batted in with two doubles and a single. Both Martinez and Garko had two more hits to go along with their homers. The Yankees started off on a good note when Johnny Damon hit a leadoff homer off C.C. Sabathia. However, they weren't able to sustain rallies when Sabathia pitched himself into jams and they were completely shut down for four innings by Cleveland's pen. All in all, it was a rout. The Yankees should have more of a chance when Andy Pettitte takes on Fausto Carmona in Cleveland on Friday.
Thu, Oct 4, 2007 10:54:00 PM

Kenny Lofton delivered a go-ahead sac fly in the top of the 12th as the Indians beat the Mariners 4-3 on Tuesday night.

At 93-63, the Indians head into Wednesday's doubleheader a half-game behind Boston for the game's best record. The Red Sox own the tiebreaker, so the Indians would have to finish ahead of them to gain home-field advantage.
Wed, Sep 26, 2007 02:40:00 AM

Kenny Lofton drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Indians a 6-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

Joe Borowski blew yet another save by giving up a run in the top of the ninth, and the Mariners seemed to be on the verge of taking the lead. However, Borowski pitched out of the jam, and it was the Mariners who ended up blowing the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Indians loaded the bases on a single, hit batter, and a walk, and Rick White followed by walking Lofton on a close 3-2 pitch to end the game. The Mariners have lost six straight games are now one game back in the wild card race.
Thu, Aug 30, 2007 10:49:00 PM

The Indians have Kenny Lofton starting in left field and batting second Friday against the Twins. Casey Blake has been dropped to sixth in the order.

We think it would have made a lot more sense to continue batting Blake second. Lofton does have the better OBP of the two, but the Indians shouldn't want him running in front of Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner. Plus, that Blake sees about as many pitches as anyone in baseball gives Grady Sizemore ample opportunity to run and provides Martinez and Hafner with a great chance of seeing what a pitcher has. Also, Blake happens to be perhaps baseball's worst clutch hitter (career average of .282 with the bases empty, .216 with RISP). Sticking him in an RBI spot could make him a liability. Lofton owners should be happy to see him batting second, for however long it lasts.
Fri, Jul 27, 2007 06:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Mike Aviles
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jose Ramirez
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
LF1Michael Brantley
2Chris Dickerson
CF1Michael Bourn
2Nyjer Morgan
RF1David Murphy
DH1Nick Swisher
2Ryan Raburn
3Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Masterson
2Corey Kluber
3Josh Tomlin
4Trevor Bauer
5Danny Salazar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3John Axford
4Marc Rzepczynski
5Carlos Carrasco
6Scott Atchison
7Kyle Crockett
8Nick Hagadone