Today in Tribe History: March 25, 1997

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

In a trade reflecting current baseball economics, the Atlanta Braves send right  fielder David Justice  and center fielder Marquis Grissom to the Cleveland Indians for  center fielder Kenny Lofton and relief pitcher Alan Embree. Atlanta and Cleveland faced each  other in the 1995  World Series. The swap of the two Gold Glove center fielders and the three-time All-Star Justice reduces the Braves’  payroll by an estimated 6.8 million dollars. Both players have several years  left on their contracts, while Lofton, considered the best leadoff hitter in  major league baseball, is in the last year of his. Lofton would re-sign with Cleveland the following offseason.

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