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Trade Rumors Swirl Around 3 Knights Veterans as Deadline Approaches
Last Updated: 7/1/2012 2:32:12 AM

With the June 30th deadline for player acquisitions looming, speculation surrounded the fate of veteran players Sam Claeson, Ryan Meehan, and Brandon Warne.  Several news outlets were reporting Thursday that Knights management had been approached by an unidentified western division team and that the framework of a deal was being discussed.  A source close to the negotiations indicated that the unidentified team was scouting Warne as an outfielder and viewed Claeson as a potential fit behind the dish.

The switch-hitting Claeson joined the Knights in 2010 and has been a valuable utility player, seeing time at every position but first base.  Claeson has several quality pitching performances to his credit, and has shown steady improvement at the plate.  Meehan, who assumed GM duties following the 2009 season, has played only sporadically this year as age and a propensity for accidents have slowed his production.  Meehan was acquired from the Madison Rockers on the heels of a .320 / .553 / .400 performance in 2007, which most experts now agree was a career season.  First baseman Warne, who like Meehan has been with the Knights since their 2008 expansion season, has struggled at the plate this year due in large part to an unlucky .077 BABIP.  Warne starred at Northwestern College prior to joining the Knights.

Speculation of a possible trade grew Friday night, when both Claeson and Warne were removed from the Knights game against the Hamel Hawks in the 4th inning.  Warne teased fans by tweeting a cryptic message about brussel sprouts immediately after exiting the game.  Manager Frank Matteson later told reporters that the substitutions were intended to give a few extra at-bats to other players, and that no trade was forthcoming.  As of early Sunday morning, no trades had been reported.


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