(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded defunct closer Mitchell Boggs, who was sent down to Triple-A Memphis on May 31, to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.
In return, the Cardinals will receive international signing bonus money, which is reportedly worth $206,000, from Colorado.
“The reason for not doing a player to be named later or getting a player, we were just having a hard time nailing that down,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “So we threw out the idea of possibly doing international slot dollars and that ended up being attractive to them.”
The trade culminates a turbulent season for Boggs, who began the 2013 campaign as the team’s closer in place of the injured Jason Motte. Boggs managed to close out only two of the five save opportunities and posted an 11.05 ERA in 18 games for St. Louis.
Mozeliak said a number of teams contacted him about Boggs, but in recent weeks it diminished and he felt the time was now to make a move.
“My thinking with Mitchell was it was going to be hard to get him back here and so I felt like we had to do something,” Mozeliak said. “I think at this level it’s about consistency and it’s about the ability to repeat and make pitches. When he was up here, he just wasn’t able to do it.”
“In Mitchell’s case, I know he wishes he had a different season. He had high expectations going into the year.”
Mozeliak added that Boggs wasn’t bitter about the news of the trade when the two men talked, but was disappointed with the outcome.
In 18 games pitched during two separate stints at Triple-A, Boggs posted a 5.70 ERA (15 earned runs/23.2 innings pitched) for Memphis. The Cardinals now have until July 2 to use the international signing bonus money acquired from the trade.
Boggs’ final game might be the one that will linger the most with Cardinals fans. With a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals on May 30, Boggs was called upon for the final three outs. He served up a game-tying home run to Jeff Francoeur on his second pitch thrown. He walked his second batter faced before being relieved in favor of Victor Marte.
The Royals added two more runs in the inning before a strong storm delayed the game for four hours and 32 minutes before play resumed at 3 a.m. The Cardinals would lose 4-2.
And that would be the last of Boggs in St. Louis.