Cardinals Acquire Justin Masterson

The Cardinals have bolstered their starting rotation depth by acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians in exchange for top outfield prospect James Ramsey. Both teams have officially announced the deal. Right-hander Michael Wacha has been moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Masterson, 29, is currently on the disabled list (he’s set to be activated this weekend) and in the midst of a down season as he heads into free agency. He’s earning $9.7625MM this season, of which roughly $3.3MM remains.

Masterson looked the part of a top-of-the-rotation starter in 2013, posting a 3.45 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 58.5 percent ground-ball rate in 193 innings. He’s battled a knee issue for most of this season, which could very likely have contributed to his 5.51 ERA and bloated walk rate (5.1 BB/9).

Masterson’s fastball velocity has declined significantly this season, falling from an average of 91.6 mph in 2013 to 89.1 in 2014. However, Masterson’s now former pitching coach Mickey Callaway said earlier in the month that he felt Masterson’s knee injury had altered his mechanics, which could explain the dip in velocity as well as the increase in walks.

The Cardinals have been on the lookout for rotation help for weeks now, having also been connected to Jake Peavy as well as aces David Price and Jon Lester. Masterson comes with upside, to be sure; FIP, xFIP and SIERA all feel his skill-set should have resulted in an ERA in the low 4.00s this season, and he’s had a good deal of past success. However, his injury and ineffective results will leave some Cardinals fans wondering if he’s truly an upgrade over internal options.

That remains to be seen, but the Cardinals felt that Masterson could bolster their starting  pitching in light of Michael Wacha‘s injury and the struggles of Shelby Miller. While Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn are reliable arms atop the rotation, Joe Kelly has been injured for most of the season, and Carlos Martinez would shatter last season’s innings total were he to remain in the rotation over the final two months (to say nothing of the postseason).

As for the Indians, they’ll receive Ramsey, a 2012 first-round pick that ranked seventh among Cardinals prospects on Baseball America’s midseason list and ranked sixth according to Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. The 24-year-old is hitting .300/.389/.527 with 13 homers in 281 Double-A plate appearances this season. Callis and Mayo note that Ramsey has the speed to play center field (though he’s not a huge threat on the bases) and the arm to play right field if a change is needed. He draws a fair amount of walks and has shown more power than some anticipated coming out of college, the MLB.com duo adds.

Peter Gammons first reported that Masterson was headed to St. Louis (on Twitter), and Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report Ramsey’s involvement in the trade (Twitter link).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


213 Responses to Cardinals Acquire Justin Masterson Leave a Reply

  1. Travis2014 1 year ago

    Shocked they didn’t go for one of the aces.

  2. Joe Forkner 1 year ago

    Championship!

    • Erik DC Murray 1 year ago

      lol you silly man u

    • Matt Talken 1 year ago

      You just made me think of the South Park Underpants Gnomes:

      Step 1: Acquire Justin Masterson.
      Step 2: ???
      Step 3: Championship!

  3. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    I hope this isn’t their big move.

    • Mike 1 year ago

      I hope so too. If they’re getting another pitcher, with this deal, it looks like one of the starters is on his way out, Miller perhaps? With Wacha back, bringing in another pitcher after Masterson, would mean Waino, Wacha, Lynn, Masterson, and Miller, add another starter and one of those guys has to go. Miller more than likely. Lynn’s pitched great this year, but hasn’t gotten run support lately.

      • Kën Shrëk 1 year ago

        Wacha isn’t due back until September

      • Lanidrac 1 year ago

        Masterson likely moves to the bullpen when Wacha comes back. That leaves a rotation of Wainwright, Lynn, Wacha, Kelly, and Miller, which is already one of the best rotations in the National League. There’s no need to sell the farm to make it even better than that.

      • Lanidrac 1 year ago

        Masterson likely moves to the bullpen when Wacha comes back. That leaves a rotation of Wainwright, Lynn, Wacha, Kelly, and Miller, which is already one of the best rotations in the National League. There’s no need to sell the farm to make it even better than that.

  4. danistheguy 1 year ago

    Somebody did something!

  5. vtadave 1 year ago

    And here we go. Not going to get much work done in the next 25 hours or so.

  6. mike 1 year ago

    This can’t be it.

  7. javywoz 1 year ago

    Was really hoping if the Rays traded Price to anybody, it would be the Cards, oh well. Doubtful now.

  8. Well this came out of nowhere.

  9. Gumby65 1 year ago

    Pitch counts just went up in St. Louis

    • Lanidrac 1 year ago

      What do you mean? Masterson is an innings eater. He’ll help the bullpen get more rest without adjusting how much the other starters pitch.

      • Gumby65 1 year ago

        Here lately, the innings have been eating him, then burping in the 5th.

    • Lanidrac 1 year ago

      What do you mean? Masterson is an innings eater. He’ll help the bullpen get more rest without adjusting how much the other starters pitch.

  10. Joe Forkner 1 year ago

    Does this trade make the Pirates better?

  11. AB4EYE 1 year ago

    Classic Mo not ever wanting to part with prospects

    • JacksTigers 1 year ago

      Hard to complain when they’ve won two WS in his tenure.

      • CJ Travis 1 year ago

        One, actually. Walt Jocketty was the GM for the ’06 title run.

        • Mike 1 year ago

          Maybe he meant two WS appearances. I mean, people scrutinized Mo when he made that trade with Toronto and it propelled them to a WS title in 11.

          • CJ Travis 1 year ago

            Agreed. That was a hard trade at the time, too. Looking at Masterson’s numbers on B-R, I’m underwhelmed. Holding out hope they pull the trigger on Price, but I’m not holding my breath.

          • Mike 1 year ago

            I’d be fine with Price, or Hamels. I’m not keen on Lester due to him wanting to be back in Boston after this season. Hamels is under contract until after the 2018 season so he’d make more sense. And the way the Rays are playing, I doubt Price gets dealt.

          • CJ Travis 1 year ago

            Your logic makes a lot of sense. Hamels would be a fine pickup, assuming StL would be okay with the payroll (assuming yes). Philly is presumably out of it, and it doesn’t make much sense for TB to wave the white flag with as hot as they’ve been. Didn’t think of the Lester returning to BOS after the season, that’s a good point.

          • Dave 1 year ago

            Was it hard? People fall in love with bad prospects way too much and it was clear to anyone really paying attention that Colby Rasmus needed to check his attitude and get humble. He wasn’t willing to do it in St. Louis, he still seems rather unable to really put it all together in Toronto. I was glad to see him go.

            Same as I’ll be happy to see Carlos Martinez hit the door since his attitude looks to be fairly poor and doesn’t match up to his performance. He’s running on hype at this point and I’d be thrilled to send him along for a world series appearance.

          • CJ Travis 1 year ago

            At the time it was. I don’t remember StL having the depth in OF at the time of that trade. The return was head scratching at the time, but nobody will argue with the end result and the impact those guys had (Scrabble, E. Jackson).

            I recall Rasmus and TLR weren’t big fans of one another and that probably made it easier to move him on. Regardless of personal feelings for a player, (right or wrong) I recall having similar feelings for that trade as I do the Masterson trade. It’s certainly easy to play arm chair QB during trade deadline.

          • Alistair Bortles 1 year ago

            running on HYPE?? Have you watched Carlos Martinez pitch? He has some of the best stuff in baseball. He needs develop a pitch to get Lefties out more often..and he needs to work on control….the stuff is there though

          • Dave 1 year ago

            I’ve watched him pitch, but I’ve also watched his attitude and he looks like a guy who doesn’t want to be coached.

            So those other things he needs to learn, maybe he’s not so interested in learning them. Until he does, he’s got a lot of hype but no production.

            I’d let someone else take the risk that he’s gonna mature properly and get back a known quantity and an invested professional instead.

      • AB4EYE 1 year ago

        One Thanks to Nelson Cruz misplay in RF, but if they had the guts to make Impact moves they could have 3 of them.

  12. Danny Phillips 1 year ago

    Of course a move that wasn’t rumored is the first shoe to drop.

  13. CardsFan1980 1 year ago

    I think it is their big move. Was expecting more

    • Mike 1 year ago

      Hey, remember 2011? that move they made with Toronto helped them to a WS title? I hope this isn’t their only move, but Mo has made weird moves that has worked out for them.

  14. Damon Musha 1 year ago

    Hmmm, I look at Masterson as a guy that’s not really going to help much this year, but if he can rework his mechanics he could come back strong in ’15. Cards are buying low, it could pay back longer-term.

  15. cgriffith 1 year ago

    As a Tigers fan I like this; as a baseball fan I guess the AL Central is just giving us the division

  16. dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

    I thought the Cards would be in on Lester or Price. Also, am I wrong in my opinion that the Cards also need an impact bat? Seems like their offense could still use some help.

    • Mike 1 year ago

      We don’t really have a spot for one, unless we can get a powerful CF bat. I mean, that’s really our weakest spot, right now other than Catcher. I don’t want to get rid of Wong, and Peralta is doing well on the defensive side of the game this year. CF is really the only place I’d take an impact bat, and I don’t know if there are that many out there

      • Lanidrac 1 year ago

        What do you mean? Jay has been doing a great job in CF. Sure he doesn’t have much power, but you don’t need it everywhere. RF is where the problem is, yet it’s also not likely that you’d push both Craig and Taveras to the bench for the rest of the season. If he doesn’t pick it up soon, I expect to see Craig get benched against all right handed pitchers (and maybe even some lefties) and give Taveras a real shot at the job.

      • Lanidrac 1 year ago

        What do you mean? Jay has been doing a great job in CF. Sure he doesn’t have much power, but you don’t need it everywhere. RF is where the problem is, yet it’s also not likely that you’d push both Craig and Taveras to the bench for the rest of the season. If he doesn’t pick it up soon, I expect to see Craig get benched against all right handed pitchers (and maybe even some lefties) and give Taveras a real shot at the job.

  17. stl_cards16 1 year ago

    Pretty meh move. But better than watching Taveras and/or Martinez in a different uniform for the next 7 years.

    • Mike 1 year ago

      You know, I love Martinez, but I think he has a bit of an attitude problem. It seems like he’s hard to coach. That could just be me though. I’d be okay seeing him in another uniform, but Taveras I wouldn’t be. I bet this is just a precusor to another trade. With a starter, probbaly Miller, on his way out.

    • Dave 1 year ago

      I think those guys are a little more than overrated at this point after giving both of them a solid shot at proving they’re ML ready.

      It’s honestly best to trade them now before any more ML time shows that they may be career AAA superstars but duds at the major league level. I’d be totally willing to be wrong about that after what I’ve seen so far and max returns rather than cling to hopes and dreams.

      • Mike 1 year ago

        Could be like Mike Hessman from the Tiger. Stud in AAA, awful in the majors.

  18. Dave 1 year ago

    Not stoked, but not mad. I dunno. I guess this says that the price for Price (ugh) was way too high to deal with?

    That or they’ve got a pretty solid lead on a top notch bat to make the offense not terrible, I dunno.

  19. mike 1 year ago

    What if this is a trade chip for Hamels. Taveras, Shelbey Miller and Masterson for Hamels? That could work.

    • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

      Why would the Phillies want Masterson when he’s a FA in 2 months and can’t be given a QO?

      • mike 1 year ago

        Good point but its a buy low and hope he turns it around.

    • MB923 1 year ago

      Doubt it. What would be the point of getting Masterson when they could have just given up Ramsey to Philly? And I also don’t see why Philly would want Masterson.

      • mike 1 year ago

        This move just doesn’t make sense for the cards needs.

    • Mochi 1 year ago

      why would the Phis want a guy who will become a free agent?

    • Mike 1 year ago

      Besides, it would still make the Cards short on their rotation. Add Masterson, you’ve got the 5 man rotation, take him and miller out for Hamels, you’ve got a 4 man rotation again until Wacha comes back which means more starts by Martinez or a AAA guy

      • mike 1 year ago

        Maybe they picked him up as a 5th starter and still get Hamels and move miller.

        • Mike 1 year ago

          That’s what I’m thinking. Miller has been good, but he walks way too many. Or, maybe they get rid of Martinez and keep Miller but put him in the pen for the rest of the year. Lynn pitched really well out of the pen a few years back. I just hope this isn’t their only move.

          • mike 1 year ago

            That makes sense. I can still see a Taveras, miller/Martinez for Hamels. They didn’t give up anything for Masterson.

          • Mike 1 year ago

            Ramsey is going to be a good player, but he was blocked in the majors at the OF spots, so maybe him going to Cleveland can help him get to the majors quicker.

          • Mike 1 year ago

            Ramsey is going to be a good player, but he was blocked in the majors at the OF spots, so maybe him going to Cleveland can help him get to the majors quicker.

  20. Mike 1 year ago

    The Cards didn’t want to get someone unless they committed long term. Does Masterson commit long term to the Cards after this season?

    • Travis2014 1 year ago

      Probably should start pitching good first before they even think about that.

    • Lanidrac 1 year ago

      Why would the Cardinals need a long-term commitment? They’ve already got everybody else coming back next year. (Wainwright, Lynn, Wacha, Miller, Kelly, Martinez, plus whatever they can get out of Garcia before he inevitably gets hurt again)

  21. bighiggy 1 year ago

    Does anyone know if masterson is a free agent at the end of the year?

    • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

      Yes he is

      • bighiggy 1 year ago

        Wow, does he even make us better? And to give up ramsey? Huh? Would have thought prospects would be used to get a good pitcher

        • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

          Well last year Masterson had a 3.35 FIP in the AL and so far this year his FIP is 4.08 and the Indians were the worst fielding team in baseball for a while with Santana at 3B and Swisher at 1B. Could be a solid bounce back candidate that has been getting unlucky due to bad D.

          Also, Cards are stacked with OF prospects so Ramsey is expendable.

          • bighiggy 1 year ago

            I agree about an abundance of prospects but just thought those prospects would go to a game changer

          • daveineg 1 year ago

            As a Brewer fan, love seeing the Cards disposing of one of their prospects for this return. I suppose the thinking is with Masterson pitching and AJ catching, umpires will suddenly start giving borderline pitches he wasn’t getting in Cleveland where his walk rate was very high.

    • Travis2014 1 year ago

      Yes

  22. Bob Bunker 1 year ago

    NOOOO I wanted the Cards to be in on Lester. I guess they could still be interested but hard to see.

    • They could still land Lester. Masterson can pitch out of the bullpen, and the Cardinals certainly didn’t drain their system acquiring him.

      • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

        True just have a hard time seeing them give up a top 10 organizational guy for Masterson for a half a year to put him in the pen and then trade a Piscotty type package for Lester.

        • I was thinking just in the bullpen for the end of 2014 and the playoffs. Back to starting in 2015 if he re-signs? He’s struggling as a starter right now (albeit with dreadful defense).

        • Mike 1 year ago

          Well Ramsey is blocked in the OF at the major league level anyways. With Craig, Holliday, Taveras and Piscotty. When you’ve got huge depth like that, you can afford to get rid of him and possibly overpay, especially when he wouldn’t be in the majors for probably another 3 years or more.

          • Lanidrac 1 year ago

            …along with Jay, Bourjos, and Grichuk.

        • Matt Talken 1 year ago

          I like how you call it a “Piscotty” type package. If we acquire one of the big fish out there (Lester, Hamels, Price), and Piscotty is in the trade, he’ll be the 2nd guy in the package.

          Don’t expect to get any of the three unless Taveras, Martinez, or Shelby Miller is the headliner.

      • Travis2014 1 year ago

        Ramsey would be a massive overpay for Masterson if he moves to the pen. Could have gotten a true reliever for that.

  23. CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

    Acquiring Lester would make Pitt the clear cut favorites in the NL Central now, but will they hold firm on not dealing any of their top 5 prospects?

    • This deal might get them to consider it. Masterson isn’t a huge upgrade for the Cards, but it increases the separation between them and Pitt.

    • Alz147 1 year ago

      They cannot and won’t ever get him without dealing at least one of the top 5-6, probably more like 2. Masterson has been dreadful this year and got the Tribe a top 5-6 prospect in a strong system.
      The Pirates would be dumb to hang onto their OF-prospects for too long, Their MLB-OF is crowded.

  24. SierraM363 1 year ago

    Ramsey would’ve interested the Red Sox imo.

  25. Adenhart 1 year ago

    They could’ve acquired Lester.

    Taveras and Ramsey for Lester.

    • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

      I’m a Red Sox fan and there is no way Lester is worth Taveras let alone Taveras plus more!

    • JacksTigers 1 year ago

      Hi. I’m earth. Have we met?

  26. East Coast Bias 1 year ago

    #6 prospect from a strong farm system for 2 months of Masterson. Hmm…

  27. Remember92 1 year ago

    This deal very well may have driven up the cost for the Pirates to get Lester substanially. Mo may have just made it necessary for us to give up two in our top 10 for Lester by getting Masterson with a solid AA OF. Could’ve hamstrung my Pirates by helping his Cards.

    • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

      Josh Bell plus guys in your top 20 should work because Bell is a higher prospect then Ramsay and this seems like a bit of an overpay.

      • Alz147 1 year ago

        It’s not an overpay, but most in here don’t get it. It would be an overpay if it rarely happened, but it occurs every off-season and deadline. The Sox got a similar package for Peavy, who has been one of the worst regular SPs this year.
        If the Pirates want him, it needs to be for 2 of their top 6.

        • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

          No way Pirates do two of top 6. Their Top 6 is Glasnow (20 on MLB midseason top 100) Tailion (ace and number 32) Bell (#33) Meadows (Top ten pick and #50) Kingham (#66), and Hanson (SS of future and #80).

          Ramsay, Escobar, and Hembree weren’t even on the top 100.

          • Remember92 1 year ago

            And their #7 is McGuire who is also in the top 100. And another outfielder we have Harold Ramirez just missed out on the top 100. He was in the top 101-105.

          • Remember92 1 year ago

            And their #7 is McGuire who is also in the top 100. And another outfielder we have Harold Ramirez just missed out on the top 100. He was in the top 101-105.

        • 2 top 6 seems a tad too steep. I think Bell, JaCoby Jones and a low minors, high upside arm like Clay Holmes would get it done.

        • 2 top 6 seems a tad too steep. I think Bell, JaCoby Jones and a low minors, high upside arm like Clay Holmes would get it done.

        • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

          Lester, Miller, Carp/Gomes + cash for Bell, Kingham and Jones? We can dream right?

          The Pirates interest in so many of the Sox’ expiring contracts makes the potential for a big deal very interesting

  28. bighiggy 1 year ago

    A former first rounder for 2 months of a terrible masterson? Not good

    • johansantana15 1 year ago

      Imagine how much more he would’ve cost if he were traded over this last offseason coming off a 3.4 bWAR season as a 28 year old starter.

  29. Jeff Miller 1 year ago

    Price is steep for pitching, even for 2 months of a mid/back rotation arm.

    • daveineg 1 year ago

      Makes me wonder why the Brewers are holding on to Marco Estrada? Even he’s been better than Masterson this year.

      • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

        Marginally better. Though Estrada is giving up a ton of HR.

  30. GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

    You gotta think the bidding for Lester is probably down to mainly Pirates and Dodgers. Pirates may feel inclined to make a move to keep up with Cardinals after making this deal.

    • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

      That’s what it seems like, though it wouldn’t be shocking to see the A’s, M’s, or some other “mystery team” pop back on the radar over the next day

      • Alex Foltz 1 year ago

        What exactly would the A’s have to offer for Lester? I’ve seen them listed as “in” on Lester, but I don’t know what they have left to offer, especially what could compete with other teams offers.

        • Remember92 1 year ago

          Millone is a very servicable starter with MLB success. Would be a solid starting point.

        • Adenhart 1 year ago

          Probably offer Samardzija in return.

        • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

          IMO Matthew Olson would interest Boston a lot, and I haven’t seen him listed as untouchable anywhere (Like Robertson & Nunez). Dillon Overton and Seth Streich are intriguing, too.

    • Adenhart 1 year ago

      Mariners will trade for Lester and sign him for 22 mill/year for 10 years.

  31. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    And the fun finally begins.

    Not sure this is enough for the Cards.

  32. i'm me .. 1 year ago

    Masterson will be ok in St Louis do to the pitching coaches alone. Re-bound.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      Velocity declines of the magnitude he’s experienced are usually not fixable. This is a sizable gamble by the Cards, I’d say. Maybe they have so many good OF prospects they don’t care.

      • Matt Talken 1 year ago

        from what’s being written, the Indians seemed to think a lot of the problems were based on mechanics changes that were caused by his knee injury. That’s the most comforting thing about this for the Cardinals. I’m still going to be upset if this is *the* move for the Cardinals though.

  33. Allismileo 1 year ago

    The Cards love a bargain.

  34. Kendall Adkins 1 year ago

    Something tells me this isn’t over… So, Wainwright, Lynn, Kelly, Miller, Masterson? This smells like a precursor to me. Or maybe Mo just wanted some rotation insurance and Ramsey was expendable. Hmm…

    • mike 1 year ago

      Exactly. I can still see a trade for Hamels. Taveras, Miller/ Martinez for Hamels. This gives them their 5th starter.

    • Mike 1 year ago

      I think Mo went with Masterson because he’s cheap. Now we may expect Miller or even Kelly to be dealt. With Wacha coming back yhou’d have Wainwright, Wacha, Lynn and Masterson for sure, maybe deal Miller and move Kelly to the BP or deal Kelly and move Miller to the BP. Right now if I had to guess, I’d think Miller would be dealt for an ace, and Kelly moved to the BP at least after Wacha comes back.

      • mike 1 year ago

        I agree. This makes miller expendable in trade.

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        Wait until you see Masterson pitch before you start trading away all your other SP’s is all I’m sayin …

  35. Dale Pearl 1 year ago

    surprising and disappointing move with all the big name pitchers floating around out there. I am thinking that Cleveland got the better of this deal.

  36. Jared Ackley 1 year ago

    Maybe there is still a bigger deal in play – if Cards trade a Miller or Martinez as part of a deal for an ace, they still needed a fifth starter to take the place of Miller/Martinez.

    • Mike 1 year ago

      Exactly. It just smells like another deal, especially since they never were really in on Masterson.

    • mike 1 year ago

      Agreed. I still think Hamels is in play for the cards. This makes miller or Martinez expendable in trade.

  37. Seth Guttman 1 year ago

    I’d feel better about this if Dave Duncan was still with the club…

  38. Adenhart 1 year ago

    Not gonna lie, this is so… Not the Cardinals. Signing A.J. Pierzynski and trading a #6 prospect for an inconsistent Masterson, who’s also on the DL?!? I expect something like this from the Yankees, not the Cards.

    • Kendall Adkins 1 year ago

      I mean, #6 in a system really isn’t all that high. If you put all farm systems on the same level, there would be 150 players ahead of him. Obviously that isn’t very accurate, but you get the point.

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        Figure in the quality of the Cards system (esp in the OF) and you’re easily talking a top 100 kind of guy. Masterson’s a rental who has been awful this year, and the Cards actually have a little SP depth, especially when Wacha comes back. Pretty strange deal for a team that usually makes good ones.

        • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

          …Except he isn’t a top 100 kind of guy. Solid prospect, sure, but including their major league roster the Cards have at least a half dozen OFers with higher ceilings.

          • Seamaholic 1 year ago

            How many quality OFers the Cards have is irrelevant to how good Ramsay is … just sayin’. Point isn’t that Ramsay was ticketed for Busch, it’s that they could have gotten more then a broken-down rental for him.

          • Kevin McClintock 1 year ago

            Whose to say he’s broken down? Or a rental? He’s coming back to pitch for the Cards on Saturday (I’ll be at that game, heh!) and the Cards could easily sign him for next year. Having Masterson as a No. 4 behind Wainwright, Wacha and Lynn isn’t too shabby. I think you’re over-inflating Ramsey’s talents and deflating the pros Masterson can bring to the Cards for the rest of ’14 and 2015 and beyond.

    • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

      If there’s one thing the Cards aren’t short on it’s OF depth. They probably felt better about giving up Ramsey for Masterson than some combination of Gonzales, Grichuk, Piscotty etc for Lester

    • CharlieMurphy 1 year ago

      If there’s one thing the Cards aren’t short on it’s OF depth. They probably felt better about giving up Ramsey for Masterson than some combination of Gonzales, Grichuk, Piscotty etc for Lester

  39. Adenhart 1 year ago

    Could Tulo be traded?

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      Sure. You mean to the Cards? Doubt it. Don’t think they’d give up two of their young cheap OF supply at the same time, and Rox aren’t doing that deal without Taveras.

      • Rusty Shakleford 1 year ago

        This is off the top of my head, but if the birds sent Craig & Miller with lower-level prospects in a package, could that net Tulo? Craig is horrible this year but would benefit from a change and Coors, that would free up future payroll, and allow for OT to get some time in RF. The only way the Cards would ever get Tulo is if we sent some payroll to Colorado.

  40. CC 1 year ago

    Another Jake Westbrook? Could’ve done worse.

  41. JCurrie39 1 year ago

    Well… Masterson will play an Edwin Jackson esque role for the cardinals

  42. Thomas Erie 1 year ago

    I am surprised the Indians got such a good prospect He has been tearing up double a this year

  43. northsfbay 1 year ago

    The Cards get Masterson. One less team for the Red Sox to deal with.

  44. bobbleheadguru 1 year ago

    Masterson is exactly the same as Lester… only completely different.

  45. Sean Kelly 1 year ago

    wow…I guess the cost for Lester or Price was way too steep, but Justin Masterson and his non-existent fastball? good luck with that.

    • Adenhart 1 year ago

      Bartolo Colon would’ve been better than Masterson. Also, both Rays and Sox probably wanted Tavares in that deal..

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        He is definitely better this year. Good comparison.

  46. brdcstrkll 1 year ago

    Seems to me that this trade is similar to the one a few years ago that sent Jake Westrbook to the Cardinals from the Indians. Good clubhouse guy, great potential as the No. 3 as long as he is healthy, and a guy that can shoulder innings down the stretch.
    Ramsey is a good prospect closer to major league ready than what the Indians currently have in their system.
    As an Indians’ fan I am sad to see Masterson go knowing how good he can be, but I am excited to see how Ramsey turns out for the Indians.

    • Kevin McClintock 1 year ago

      Truthfully, if the Cards weren’t in such desperation for an innings eating SP and had they not had Taveras, Piscotty and Grichuk already above him, it’s likely they would not have been so willing to part with Ramsey. But the Cards could trade from a position of strength, and they did. I think your Indians got a future starting RF with this trade today.

      • brdcstrkll 1 year ago

        I absolutely agree. Watched Ramsey play last year while in High-A and really like his game. Hoping he is ready by September so we may see less of David Murphy/Ryan Raburn.

  47. sourbob 1 year ago

    Just for the sake of argument, the Indians have been rumored at various points to be interested in Lester themselves. Assuming they were really close to acquiring him, what would they need to do first? Clear a spot in their rotation and offload some salary to make room for Lester, right? Hmmm. Just sayin’ is all.

    • Adenhart 1 year ago

      Probably offer one of their current starters to Boston..

      • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

        They may also have to include frazier or lindor to get the Red Sox listening

        • Seamaholic 1 year ago

          For a rental? No way in heaven the Indians are trading their #1 prospect for Lester!

          • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

            remember what the Rangers gave up for Garza, Garza isn’t even that good and he got the Cubs Edwards Olt Ramirez and grimm

          • northsfbay 1 year ago

            That is irrelevant. No buyers, no sellers.

        • Bob Bunker 1 year ago

          NOOO way is Lester worth Lindor. Maybe Frazier and that would make sense if they are thinking about it that they would get Ramsay to replace him in the system somewhat.

        • northsfbay 1 year ago

          Not much time for the Red Sox to listen. It is time for the Red Sox to pull the trigger.

          • Adenhart 1 year ago

            Jon Lester for David Price? 😛

            lol jk jk

          • Adenhart 1 year ago

            Jon Lester for David Price? 😛

            lol jk jk

    • East Coast Bias 1 year ago

      Wouldn’t it be wiser to just try to sign him in the off season if they like Lester that much?

      • sourbob 1 year ago

        I’m not arguing pro or con on the Indians and dealing for Lester. I’m just noting that trading Masterson could be a preparatory step for such a thing.

        • East Coast Bias 1 year ago

          Fair enough. Anything is possible, I guess. I’m just pointing out how illogical that scenario is. And since these front offices are pretty smart, illogical being synonymous with improbable.

  48. DempseyK 1 year ago

    I think this is a solid pickup for the Cards…if that knee is healthy and he can get his delivery back without discomfort, this could be the steal of the deadline. As a Pirates fan, I wanted to see us make this move a few days ago, but now it makes either Lester or Price THAT much more important for the buccos

  49. Kevin McClintock 1 year ago

    I love this move. Masterson is an innings eater. That’s what this rotation needs until Wacha comes back. Shelby has been averaging 4.2 innings his last 10 starts and Carlos Martinez is nearing his innings limit from last year already, and it’s not even Aug. 1. So the Cardinals needed someone like Masterson to eat innings in the back-end of the rotation. Does this mean the Cards are through? Of course not. They could still nab a Hamels or Lester or go high for Price. But Masterson *does* help the Cards this year, and could be a great No. 3 if he re-signs (which I’d assume he would do) next year.

    And while Ramsey is a top-chip talent and may seem high for an injured, soon-to-be-free agent like Masterson, consider this: Baseball is a chess move. Lester has been linked to both the Pirates and Brewers, both in-league competitors of the Cards. By dealing Ramsey for Masterson – a highly-touted talent though roadblocked by all the other good outfielders in the Cardinal’s system – it now ups the potential asking price by Boston for Lester, perhaps making such a trade too expensive for the Pirates and Brewers.

    So, it’s possibly a strategic move by Mo.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      I’d wait until you see Masterson throw first. You may have 3 or 4 guys in AAA that would have been better choices to eat innings. He’s throwing meat balls up there most days.

      • Kevin McClintock 1 year ago

        Very good point. And I assume you’re an Indians fan or AL Central fan, so you know what you’re talking about. Either this means the Cards aren’t done or man, the asking price for Price or Hamels or Lester were astronomical.

        • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

          I wouldn’t be writing Masterson off he is a good starter and if garret richards can do as well as he has masterson can do better

          • Hoosierdaddy92 1 year ago

            Richardson has a higher fastball velocity than almost every starter in the game. Last season, only Matt Harvey had a higher average velocity per pitch than him among qualified starting pitchers. Richards just finally mastered his control though. I wouldn’t compare Richards to Masterson, who can’t hit 90 these days

  50. briankoke 1 year ago

    I wonder if this deal could have worked for Kennedy instead of Masterson…

    • Adenhart 1 year ago

      Of course it would’ve. Throw in some underperforming player and you can probably get someone like Bartolo Colon, Tommy Milone, etc..

    • BaseballBeisbol 1 year ago

      Doubt it. Indians started actively shopping Masterson recently. He’s a FA at the end of the year, but Kennedy is controllable beyond this year and has pitched well for the Pads. If they don’t trade him, it’s not a big deal. So they’ll likely hold onto them unless they get blown away.

      • briankoke 1 year ago

        So, you think Kennedy is worth more than Masterson?

        • BaseballBeisbol 1 year ago

          I definitely think he is more valuable to teams inquiring about a SP. Masterson hasn’t been as bad as is his numbers would lead one to believe, but his control and lack of velocity are worrying.

        • TheRealRyan 1 year ago

          If you don’t think this season is the the true Masterson, you could make an argument that he might be a slightly better pitcher than Kennedy. However, Kennedy has 1.5 years of control left, while Masterson is set to be a FA and coming off of an injury. Right now, given the much better recent performance and extra year of control and Kennedy has significantly higher value.

  51. Alex Rodriguez 1 year ago

    Watch Masterson now turn back into an all star

  52. Devin Ruffner 1 year ago

    so… many… LH… bats…

    • Devin Ruffner 1 year ago

      but good value for masty. no complaints.

  53. bigbadjohnny 1 year ago

    Okay Pirates, your move is next.
    You Brewers fans, your team don’t have a chance.

    • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

      If the Brewers don’t have a chance why are they leading the division

      • Pegasus 1 year ago

        I thought the Crew would fade eventually but they look for real

        • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

          They can also use Jimmy Nelson as he is doing very well in Triple A

    • BaseballBeisbol 1 year ago

      I’d say having Braun and Gomez in the same outfield gives them a fairly good chance every time the lineup turns over.

  54. Something about this doesn’t sit right. His periphs say his ERA should be in the low 4.00 area which is fine I suppose for a number 4 or 5 guy but Ramsey isn’t worth giving up for that. I believe like others that three is a bigger deal in play. I would assume it is for one of the aces available. Perhaps Hamels.

  55. Pegasus 1 year ago

    Alex Rios looks to be moving soon, out of the lineup tonight

    • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

      Yes I know i should be supporting keeping Rios because I want the Rangers to do well but i think they should just let this season go and trade him and cotts so they can get a great draft pick and make the farm system one of the best once more

      • Pegasus 1 year ago

        Ill take him on my Yankees. We need a RF and he always kills us, ever since his Toronto days

        • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

          I wonder what the Yankees would give maybe a swap rios for Severino

          • Scott Berlin 1 year ago

            Um no… Yankees would hang up quick on that one.

          • Thomas Erie 1 year ago

            ok maybe some lesser prospects but I dont want the Rangers to hold onto Rios

          • Pegasus 1 year ago

            Only way Im dealing Severino is for a Chris Sale type

  56. Dan Muccino 1 year ago

    Yeah this move may help my Pirates if they’re on Lester. Ramsey doesn’t appear highly rated this year, so in a way it sets a precedent for the value of a rental starting pitcher. On top of it all, it may take the Cards out of the sweepstakes in Boston. I understand that the price would still be high, but it’s definitely not as high as some outlets made it sound

    • Jaynestown 1 year ago

      Yeah, people saying it will take 2 of top 5-6 prospects are out of their minds. For David Price yeah, he has years of control. We’d get 10 games from Lester

    • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

      Not gonna diminish Lester’s value at all. Masterson has been awful this year and Lester has been dynamite. It’s still gonna cost a top 50 and 1 or 2 more good prospects to get him. The Red Sox don’t have to deal him. They’re fully capable of resigning him or making him a QO.

      • Dan Muccino 1 year ago

        Buts that’s not what they want to do. A trade brings back better returns than a comp pick, unless they do sign him at which point they get nothing. So if they want nothing or just a measly comp pick that’ll take years to pan out, then let them back out of trade talks. Otherwise they’ll have to play ball and lower their asking price, assuming the other side of the market becomes disinterested with the current asking price. At some point, it makes more sense to call Philly or Tampa if Boston wants to over price him so much

        • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

          They’d get nothing, except having a front of the rotation arm in Jon Lester. Teams don’t just give away front of the rotation arms, even if he’s a 2-month rental. It’s gonna be a pricey acquisition and if the Pirates aren’t willing to give up 2-3 prospects from their stacked system to significantly improve their chances at winning a WS this year, then they’ve got no one but themselves to blame if they don’t win that WS.

          I’m not saying it’ll cost Glasnow, Bell and Hanson, because that’s an unreasonable ask. But if they’re not willing to part with Nick Kingham and one of their many OF prospects (Bell, Meadows, Ramirez or Jones) to get an ace for the next 2 months and possible WS run, that’s a bit foolish IMO. Especially given the depth of their system and how their big league OF looks for the foreseeable future.

      • Dan Muccino 1 year ago

        Buts that’s not what they want to do. A trade brings back better returns than a comp pick, unless they do sign him at which point they get nothing. So if they want nothing or just a measly comp pick that’ll take years to pan out, then let them back out of trade talks. Otherwise they’ll have to play ball and lower their asking price, assuming the other side of the market becomes disinterested with the current asking price. At some point, it makes more sense to call Philly or Tampa if Boston wants to over price him so much

  57. JimnJan 1 year ago

    STL gave up a lot in Ramsey, especially for a pitcher who will be a free agent.

  58. EightMileCats 1 year ago

    Would not be surprised to see Masterson really start to deal in STL. Something about their pitching coaches just brings out the best in pitchers. Its like the opposite of the Detroit BP…

    • Lanidrac 1 year ago

      He’s also a groundball pitcher moving to a much better defensive team in the NL.

  59. Cory Jones 1 year ago

    Wacha was moved to 60 day DL………Other moves shall be made haha…

  60. John Danielson 1 year ago

    That’s giving up a fair amount for pitcher with a 6.06 era in 19 starts..

  61. Jeff Snedden 1 year ago

    Masterson will deal in St. Louis. They always get good production from starting picthers who struggle elsewhere. Hell, they made Jake Westbrook look like a Cy Young candidate at times.

  62. max 1 year ago

    Doesn’t make much sense for the Cards. Maybe this is a precursor to Price, Lester or even Hamels with Miller heading out the door. If not, then it’s just blah in my opinion.

  63. Didn’t see that coming. Good move for Masterson as he’s headed to a playoff caliber team with a chance to rebuild his value as he heads to free agency. He should be able to eat innings for the Cardinals and who knows, could just turn out to pitch very well. Gave up what’s considered to be a decent prospect but the Cards are great at evaluating talent so maybe Ramsey has some holes in his game.

    • Lanidrac 1 year ago

      It’s more that fact that the Cardinals are loaded with promising outfielders in both the Majors and Minors than anything against Ramsey.

  64. Hoosierdaddy92 1 year ago

    This move reminds me of the Colby Rasmus for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, and Mark Rzepczynski trade a few years back. Gave up what seemed to be too much in a promising OF like Rasmus, but in the end, they won the World Series that year in large part thanks to the contributions from all three. Masterson, if he finds his form (which St. Louis has a talent for doing), could have a bigger impact than all three.

  65. Lanidrac 1 year ago

    It looks like a pretty good trade to me. Masterson is now healthy, moves to a much better defense in the NL, a few mechanical tweaks to help him out, and he helps eat up innings until Wacha gets back. In return, we only gave up a good yet still one of our lesser outfield prospects in a franchise full of promising outfielders.

    There was never any need to sell the farm for a front-line starter, and I doubt Mozeliak was ever seriously considering getting someone like Price or Lester. Once Wacha comes back, I’d put the rotation of Wainwright, Lynn, Wacha, Kelly, and Miller right up there with the Dodgers and Brewers in the top tier of NL starting rotations.

  66. DryTowel 1 year ago

    Tribe got a nice deal for Masterson.

  67. Adenhart 1 year ago

    *had*

  68. Kevin McClintock 1 year ago

    Injuries to Garcia, Wacha and Joe Kelly took care of that.

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