In past years, the Cleveland Indians trading Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera before the trade deadline would been as a sign of surrender.
However, with the Indians just five games out of the playoffs, they are not finished fighting.
Masterson has suffered through a disastrous season after failing to reach a contract extension with the Tribe before the season. Remember that last year, Masterson was on the disabled list during most of the team's resurgence.
Cabrera never became the perennial All-Star that many Tribe fans envisioned when Cleveland acquired him from Seattle. However, he was a solid contributor who came up with several game-winning hits over the years.
Both men will be free agents at the end of the year, so Cleveland managed to get St. Louis outfielder James Ramsey and Washington infielder Zach Walters in exchange for them instead of nothing.
Ramsey was the Cardinals' first-round draft pick two years ago and was their No. 6 prospect entering this year. He will report to Class AAA Columbus.
Walters, who is hitting .205, will replace Cabrera in the Tribe infield. However, it won't be long before dynamite prospect Francisco Lindor becomes the team's regular shortstop.
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