Indians Trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

The Cleveland Indians have traded right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon according to multiple reports.

Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts with the Indians this season and has shown a loss of velocity in his fastball. Cleveland and Masterson could not agree on a contract extension during spring training and he has had a very subpar 2014 season. He has been on the disabled list since July 8 with right knee inflammation and was supposed to start on Friday evening for Cleveland. Instead, he is dealt to St. Louis, a contender looking to strengthen their starting rotation. Masterson will be a free agent at the end of this season.

Cleveland receives left-handed hitting outfielder James Ramsey from the Cardinals. Ramsey, 24, is hitting .300, with 13 home runs and 36 runs batted in, in 67 games at Double-A Springfield this season. He was the Cardinals first round draft pick in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, the 23rd selection overall from Florida State University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee. Ramsey was the Cardinals sixth ranked prospect in their organization, according to MLB.com, and started in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game two weeks ago in Target Field. He is now ranked as Cleveland’s fifth best prospect.

He has played both right field and center field and according to his prospect profile on MLB.com, “Ramsey draws a healthy amount of walks and has plus speed, though he’s not a big baserunning threat. He puts his wheels to good use in center field, and he also has enough arm strength to handle right field.”

Ramsey will be assigned to Triple-A Columbus with the Indians.

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