Indians trade Justin Masterson

Indians trade Justin Masterson

Cleveland Indians have traded ace pitcher Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was traded for minor league outfielder, James Ramsey. 

Ramsey, 24, was the first round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State University, leading the Seminoles to a pair of College World Series appearances and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate.

He has spent the entire 2014 season to date with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals where he hit .300 (73-243) with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 67 games.

Masterson, who is making roughly $9.8 million this season, has gone 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts this season, and he is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee issue.

The Indians traded Masterson mostly likely because it's his free agent season and they were not expected to re-sign him at the end of the year. 

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