Oh how the mighty have fallen. A year ago at this time the Indians would have given anything to extend starting pitcher Justin Masterson to a long term deal. 12 months later, the big right-hander, who has become a mental mess, has reportedly been been dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals. Legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons, now of MLB Network, was the first to break the news.
According to NY Post writer Joel Sherman, the Indians will be getting back AAA outfielder James Ramsey. The 24-year old is a former first round pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State and was just promoted to the AAA level. For AA Memphis in 67 games this season, Ramsey hit .300/.389/.527 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.
The Masterson era in Cleveland comes to a disappointing end. Coming off of an All-Star season in 2013, Justin’s game fell off the table. He departs Cleveland after six seasons where he was 48-61 with a 4.23 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.76 FIP, and a 92 ERA+
Will have much more of this in a feature as the trade deadline comes to a close.
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