CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Starter Justin Masterson #63 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on July 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) By Jason Miller
GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Justin Masterson #63 of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during a photo day at Goodyear Ballpark on February 28, 2012 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images) By Rich Pilling
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 04: Justin Masterson #63 of the Cleveland Indians throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) By Gregory Shamus
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (BaseballSTL) -- It’s not David Price. Or John Lester. Instead, the Cardinals have acquired Cleveland Indians right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson, according to multiple national media reports.
The Cardinals officially announce the trade just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, just one day prior to MLB's trade deadline. The Redbirds will send outfield prospect James Ramsey to Cleveland. Masterson is scheduled to start the Cardinals game Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Masterson, 29, is currently on the disabled list, but recently made two rehab starts in the minors. He’s due to come off the disabled list on Friday. Masterson has been battling a knee issue most of this season that caused him to alter his mechanics and lose velocity. He struggled on the mound before going to the disabled list, posting a disappointing 4-6 record and 5.51 ERA.
The Indians are trading Justin Masterson to the Cardinals
Last season Masterson had a 3.45 ERA with a 9.1 K/9. He was 14-10 with Cleveland and a member of the American League all-star team.
Masterson will be a free agent at the end of this season, so this deal looks like a rental for the Cardinals. Masterson should command big bucks on the open market, and the Cardinals aren’t likely to commit long term dollars to him.
Ramsey was the Cardinals first round draft choice in 2012 out of Florida State. He’s already 24 years old and still in AA ball at Springfield, where he’s hitting .300 with 13 homeruns and 36 RBI’s. Ramsey is considered a top prospect, but his path to the major leagues is blocked by AAA outfielders Randal Grichuk and Steven Piscotty.
The Cardinals also announced that they have transferred pitcher Michael Wacha from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day D.L. The team will make a corresponding 25-man roster move prior to Friday’s game once Masterson reports to the team.