The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the team has acquired right handed pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians. In return, the Indians will receive Double A outfielder James Ramsey. To make room for Masterson on the 40-man roster, Michael Wacha has been moved to the 60-day DL.
Masterson hasn't pitched since July 7, when he was placed on the DL with knee issues; the injury has been bothering him all season, which could explain his dropped velocity and 5.51 ERA. Masterson was an All Star in 2013, when he had a 3.45 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 in 193 innings. Masterson has a great sinker, which should fit in well with the Cardinal philosophy. The team is hoping that the knee injury is healed; he'll be activated from the DL this weekend.
Ramsey was the Cardinals second first round draft pick in 2012; he's moved quickly in the system, but was stuck at Springfield due to the outfield backlog in Memphis and St. Louis. This season he's hitting .300/.389/.527 with 13 homers in 281 plate appearances. Ramsey has started to develop more power than scouts anticipated. His speed is one of his best tools, which will help him stick in centerfield.
Wacha has been out since mid-June with a stress reaction in his right shoulder; he's not expected back until September, if at all this season.
The move doesn't mean that the team won't make a play for a bigger name like Jon Lester, Cole Hamels or David Price, but the team is reluctant to move a big name prospect, let alone a few, to acquire another pitcher. The team could shift it's focus to a hitter.