Cards deal Rzepczynski to Indians for Minor Leaguer

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Hours after announcing that they had optioned left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to Triple-A, the Cardinals finalized a deal to send him to the Indians. The trade was announced during Game 1 of the Cardinals-Pirates doubleheader. In return, the Cardinals receive Minor League shortstop Juan Herrera.

It was not immediately known whether the Cardinals would be helping to pay any of the remaining salary due Rzepczynski, who is earning $1.1 million this season.

Acquired at the Trade Deadline two years ago, Rzepczynski was a critical bullpen piece on the 2011 World Championship club. However, he struggled early in the 2012 season and went on to finish the year with a 4.24 ERA. This season has been even worse. He allowed seven runs on 13 hits in his first nine appearances and was sent down to Memphis before April ended.

Rzepczynski returned to St. Louis last week and made two appearances before leaving the team on Tuesday. With two other left-handed pitchers in the bullpen, the Cardinals saw Rzepczynski as an expendable piece. He becomes the second reliever the Cardinals have traded this month. Mitchell Boggs was sent to the Rockies on July 9.

Herrera, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, has been playing in the short-season New York Penn League this season. The 20-year-old posted a .275/.366/.369 slash line in 39 games. The Cardinals will keep Herrera in the same league by placing him on the State College Spikes roster.

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