Cardinals Trade for Justin Masterson

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This afternoon the Cardinals announced that they acquired Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson for the Cardinals AA Outfielder James Ramsey. At this moment Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts for the Tribe this season, fanning 93 batters in his 98.0 innings pitched.  He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 8 (right knee inflammation) and made a pair of injury rehabilitation starts (July 20 & 25) for Columbus (AAA) prior to today’s trade. The main reason the Cardinals trade for him is mainly because he is an innings eater. In 2013 he was an All-Star, he compiled a 14-10 mark with a 3.45 ERA while ranking 8th in the league with 195 strikeouts and a league-best three shutouts.  The Jamaican-born Masterson owns a career mark of 57-49 with a 4.16 ERA in 231 games (169 starts) for Boston (2008-09) and Cleveland (2009-14).  At this time the Cardinals is still trying to trade for an ace. An outspoken Cardinal executive said that the Cardinals are still in the hunt for Jon Lester and David Price.

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