Cards acquire Masterson; deal Ramsey

Jenifer Langosch/

Seeking to add to their starting pitching depth, the Cardinals finalized a trade with the Indians on Tuesday that is sending right-hander Justin Masterson to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder James Ramsey.

Masterson is not one of the elite starting pitchers the Cardinals were eyeing as Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But he does help fill a rotation spot while the Cardinals await Michael Wacha’s return from a shoulder stress reaction. Wacha is not expected back until September.

Masterson has also been on the disabled list but is ready to return after making two Minor League rehab starts with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. He is slated to make his Cardinals debut on Saturday.

He pitched most recently last Friday, walking six and allowing five runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Masterson was recovering from right knee inflammation and has dealt with discomfort in the knee since the start of the season.

Perhaps as a result, Masterson has not had near the success this season that he did while going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.202 WHIP in an All-Star year in 2013. In 19 starts before landing on the DL, Masterson had a 5.51 ERA and 1.653 WHIP. He had 93 strikeouts and 56 walks in 98 innings.


UPDATE: To read the full story outlining the Masterson-Ramsey trade, click here.

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Not exactly earth shattering but perhaps adds an option. Hope they do not trade too many prospects as it looks like they will fall short this season and may as well preserve youth for the future.

Sure hope we haven’t acquired somebody else’s problems. I know it would cost a lot of money, but lefthanded help is desperately needed and Cole Hamels would be a feather in Mo’s cap.

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Looks like we may have been saddled with problems by trying for a cheap fix. Wish Lohse was still here.

It was a solid trade. Ramsey is 24 already and has other prospects ahead of him in the outfield. Masterson gives the team depth and could bounce back and be a playoff worthy pitcher.

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