If you were one that stuck around for the Indians post-game following the four-run loss to the Reds, you’re likely now aware that the Indians have sent Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals for right-handed reliever Chris Perez and the infamous Player to be Named Later.
DeRosa has done everything that the Indians have asked of him since he was acquired this past winter. Position player de jour, DeRosa has hit .270 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 47 runs scored. Keep in mind that if DeRosa continues to perform for St. Louis, he may very well be a Type-A Free Agent this off-season.
Perez was thought of to be St. Louis’ closer of the future, and at 23-years of age, he still has the potential. While the team definitely needs a left hand in the ‘pen, Perez is someone that can contribute right away as well as years down the road. He should be active with the club on Monday.