(BaseballStL) – In trading for Justin Masterson, the Cardinals didn’t make a huge, blockbuster deal. But Masterson helps the Cards eat up innings as a starter while giving up a player at a position the team has a bountiful platoon of prospects.
Masterson, 29, has averaged 205.0 innings over his past three seasons with the Cleveland Indians. With a depleted starting rotation, the Cardinals need someone other than Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn to eat up innings. It was the reason Jake Peavy was an attractive choice – innings.
The Redbirds gave up outfielder James Ramsey, 24, from AA Springfield. In 67 games with the Redbirds, Ramsey posted a .300 average with 13 homers and a .780 OPS.
The outfield is a position the Cardinals should feel comfortable trading from. Even in AAA Memphis, the Redbirds have impressive outfield prospects Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty.
Masterson, born in Jamaica, stands at 6’6” and 250 pounds.
Wacha goes on 60-day DL
In order to make space for Masterson, the Cardinals have moved young right-hander Michael Wacha from the 15-day disabled list on the 60-day Wednesday.
The Cardinals also said they will make another move from the 25-man roster to make room for Masterson once he joins the team. However, Masterson was on the 15-day DL and isn’t eligible to come off until Friday.