The St. Louis Cardinals have a finalized a deal to acquire the Cleveland Indians’ ace, Justin Masterson, as reported by Peter Gammons. In exchange the Cardinals will send 2012 first round pick, outfielder James Ramsey to the Indians. This trade is interesting because even though only two total players were moved, the Cardinals still have the firepower to get practically anyone on their wish list. Will they make any more moves before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline? No one really knows but they might want it that way as some reports say that the Cardinals organization is still interested in other top tier pitchers.
While other trades could be in the works, we’ll analyze the trade the Cardinals made Wednesday afternoon. At first glance, Masterson’s numbers look pretty bad this season. His 5.51 ERA and 1.65 WHIP would be the worst numbers he has put up in those categories. Masterson was a different pitcher last year though when he finished with a record of 14-10, 3.45 ERA and a 1.2 WHIP. The Cardinals are hoping he can return to last year’s form to help them reach the playoffs.
With Masterson’s numbers fluctuating from last season to this season, a change of scenery, especially to a contending team, might be what the doctor ordered. St. Louis is trying to see it that way at least. Masterson will closely resemble Lance Lynn; a pitcher who will go six to seven innings, strike out a good number of batters and give his team a chance to win the game. They both can be dominant at times as well as give up the one big inning. Look for Masterson to have a winning record and a sub 4.00 ERA during his time in St. Louis.
The Cardinals did have to part with 24 year old centerfield prospect, James Ramesy. The left-handed hitter was St. Louis’ first round draft pick in 2012 and is living up to that draft status thus far.
Through 67 games in Double-A, Ramsey has a batting average of .300 with 13 homers, 36 RBI and an impressive .389 on-base percentage.
Ramsey very well could be in the mold of a solid number two outfielder in the big leagues.
This is a fair, solid trade that helps out both ball clubs. The Cleveland Indians received a good prospect who will be in the majors in a couple years, if not sometime next year. Cleveland was able to trade away a pitcher who’s contract expires after the season and get a valuable piece in return. Meanwhile, the Cardinals added a pitcher who they believe is capable of pitching like the number two guy in their rotation. The Cardinals are loaded with outfield depth and they didn’t even have to give up their best prospect, Oscar Taveras. That’s the kicker. If Cleveland would have wanted any more, it would have been too much. This is the perfect alternative to David Price or Cole Hammels who would warrant a lot more in return. St. Louis will now make a push for the NL Central title, while keeping as much young talent as possible.
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Tags: Baseball, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, James Ramsey, Justin Masterson, Lance Lynn, MLB, Oscar Taveras, St. Louis, St. Louis Cardinals, trade deadline
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