ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Chris Perez returns to St. Louis this weekend for the first time since being traded to the Cleveland Indians in a deal for Mark DeRosa in 2009.
Now he returns as the league’s saves leader to face the organization that groomed him to be a Major Leaguer.
The Cardinals never got what they had really hoped for from DeRosa, but at the time it was a no-brainer deal for a team in desperate need of infield help. The oft-injured infielder only hit .228 in 68 games played with St. Louis after batting .270 in the previous 71 games with Cleveland. He is currently playing for the Washington Nationals – and is injured.
As of June 7, Perez has converted 78 saves, but is far from being considered a shutdown closer. He has blown nine saves during his tenure as an Indian with an earned run average of 2.86.
It is clear that the Cleveland Indians got the better end of the deal, but no one is going to complain since St. Louis is the team that ended up with a championship.