Indians trade Masterson to Cardinals for minor league outfielder
Masterson, 29, is in the midst of an inconsistent season going 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts. In 98.0 innings he has allowed 106 hits, 6 home runs, 56 walks and has 93 strikeouts. He is making $9.8 million this season and was a major disappointment as he was expected to help lead the Indians staff, but he has put forth a career worst 1.65 WHIP and 5.1 BB/9, some of which is the result of poor command and a lack of velocity this season. He has been on the disabled list the past few weeks with a knee issue and was expected to come off the disabled list on Friday and start in Cleveland.
Masterson was set to be a free agent this season and at this point the Indians must have determined that they were not going to risk giving him the qualifying offer and wanted to get something for him now rather than lose him for nothing. He will be free to sign with any team this offseason without limitations since the Cardinals cannot extend a qualifying offer to him, and it is not out of the realm of possibility that he returns to the Indians next season.
Ramsey, 24, is a left-handed hitting outfielder who was hitting .300 with 13 homers, 36 RBI and .916 OPS in 67 games with Double-A Springfield this season. He was the Cardinals 2012 first round pick and is a career .266 hitter with 30 homers, 101 RBI and .802 OPS in 235 games.
At the end of the year we were going to get NOTHING - just like we got all year - NOTHING.
The fact we got a near ready decent prospect is actually a pleasant surprise.
I have no idea what Masterson's problem is this year. It sure seems like the pressure of big contracts is getting to this team. Only Gomes is delivering value for money.
I personally would like to see Kipnis replaced at 2b. Last night a grounder got by on his right that I thought should have been caught. A 2b that hits .250 and cannot field is a liability - not an asset.
The team needs to restructure and moving Kipnis while he still has value seems to me to be one way to achieve the restructuring.
But another part of me scratches my head on this with everyone else. The left-handedness, of course, rankles when all of your top young major league talent (minus switch hitting Santana) hits from the same side. And OF seems like one of the stronger--or at least more crowded--positions on the Tribe's major league and upper minor league rosters. Next year's starting OF is set in stone for salary (Bourn, Murphy) purposes as well as performance (Brantley is now a fixture). Naquin, Miles, Holt, and Mocrief are all interesting options in the near term, and the team just sent two high-profile amateur draft picks on Zimmer and Papi, college bats that could shoot through the system.
Part of me thinks (hopes?) this is just the prelude for bigger moves before the deadline, after the deadline, and even the offseason. What this organization really needs is starting pitching prospects. Preferably ones that can challenge for a spot in next year's rotation. Maybe the glut of outfielders and the even bigger glut of legit MI prospects will allow Anotnetti to wheel and deal his way to one or two big time SP prospects who will make things interesting in Goodyear next spring.
What would we have to give up to get 2-3 years of him, if two months of Masterson cost Ramsey? I don't want to lose JRam or the comp pick for Lackey, but that's what it is going to cost us, at least. I guess Moncrief has become a trade chip now with Ramsey in Columbus.
Anyway, I hope the Marlins offer more than we do. Seems silly to me to get into a bidding for Lackey, but it really depends on what they'd give up for him.
John Lackey seems like a probable target for the Tribe, he's got a small salary next yr - that would be beneficial for the Tribe and he's pitched pretty well too. I wouldn't rule out the Tribe making a move for him, maybe Kennedy (I've heard nothing on him) or another arm to bolster the rotation for this yr and beyond. Lackey seems like a good target bc of his salary, and he might be amiable to a short extension (2yrs).
"another LHB OF, really?" was my first thought too, but I was very high on him 2 years ago in the draft and preferred him over Naquin, so there's that. It's a good return overall, hard to complain. He was blocked in the Cards system which had great OF depth in their upper levels.
Don't like his splits, seems to be a platoon guy only (though a .250 BA and .728 OPS aren't bad, but those are vs AA pitchers).
Any info on his defense? Can he play CF? or does he have to move to a corner spot? If he can play CF, it could make Bourn available.
Side note: Ramsey was drafted several pks after Tyler Naquin as a SR. from Florida State.
Yet another lefty OF bat. Really?
Though I do get it that Masterson 's value has declined and that this must have been the best option that Antonetti had on the table.
Certainly doesn't help the team now other than offer a bit of salary relief. Remains to be seen if it translates to help in the somewhat near future.
Certainly don't know much about this guy but probably doesn't speak well of FO take on Moncrief (Naquin, Myles and others) most likely.
At least it clears up what to do about Masterson near term and at season's end with the QO. I did feel that a healthy McCallister is preferable to an injured Masterson. Tomlin too for that matter.
Sad to see the Masterson era come to an end, esp in this way. He was a fav of many. Hopefully it points to other housecleaning for the tribe roster in the coming days.
I know it's hindsight but at the time, before the season, I was saying the same thing. There was little hope of signing him to a long term contract and the time was then to maximize his value. Still, I think Ramsey is a better than expected return.
With now having Moncrief and Ramsey, there is no reason to hold on to David Murphy.
Kind of surprised they got this much for him. I really thought they would have to wait during the August trade waiver period to trade him.