St. Louis Cardinals Acquire Mark DeRosa…

The St. Louis Cardinals have landed one of the most coveted players on the trade market in Mark DeRosa. The Cleveland Indians have traded IF/OF Mark DeRosa to the St. Louis Cardinals for RHP Chris Perez and the infamous player to be named later.

DeRosa is batting .270 with 13 HR and 50 RBI for the Indians, and will most likely play third base for the Cardinals. Since Troy Glaus was lost at the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, the Cardinals have struggled to find a replacement for him. They were currently playing Khalil Greene, who is a natural shortstop at third, and he clearly looked like a guy who was playing out of position. DeRosa will fill an immediate need for the red birds.

The Cardinals are in a tie for first place with the Milwaukee Brewers, so getting DeRosa shows the Cardinal fans that they are clearly going for it this year.

The Cleveland Indians received former University of Miami standout, reliever Chris Perez. The Indians need all the bullpen help they can get, so the 24 year old Perez should move right into the eighth inning set-up role for the tribe. My guess is that Perez will be groomed as the closer of the future of the Indians. Perez did have seven saves in 11 opportunities in 2008 with the Cardinals and was a closer at the University of Miami.

The trade of DeRosa comes as no surprise as the Indians are currently having a dreadful season with a 31-45 record and are currently in last place in the American League Central. DeRosa is a free agent at the end of the year, so getting a young reliever who can help the Indians in the future, makes sense.

On a side note, how bad does this trade make Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry look? He trades DeRosa in the offseason for reasons only known to himself, and now when his team can use someone like DeRosa, he goes to their arch division rival. Ouch!!!

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