The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to be active at the trade deadline, and they’ve already started.
According to FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal and ESPN analyst Peter Gammons, St. Louis has reportedly acquired starting pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014
The Indians are trading Justin Masterson to the Cardinals
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014
Masterson, 29, is not having himself a good season so far after making the All-Star team last year, but perhaps a fresh start in St. Louis could revitalize the sidewinding righty.
St. Louis needs pitching – period. Losing Jaime Garcia for the season and Michael Wacha indefinitely, Masterson is a low-cost, high-reward guy, that can hold down the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation for the Cards.
In 19 starts for the Indians this season, Masterson has a record of 4-6 with an abysmal 5.51 ERA (career worst) and opponents are hitting .279 against him.
Ramsey, 24, was selected by the Cardinals in the first-round (23rd overall) in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, and was playing for their Double-A affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals.
Through 67 games this season with Springfield, Ramsey hit .300 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs. He’s yet to make an error this season.