Source: Cards snag Masterson from Indians
Updated: July 30, 2014, 2:32 PM ET
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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to trade veteran right-hander Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals, team sources confirmed to ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden.
AP Photo/Chris CarlsonThe Cardinals are hoping Justin Masterson can regain his 2013 form.
In return, Cleveland will acquire minor league outfielder James Ramsey from the Cards.
Masterson, a free agent after this season, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this year for Cleveland. He’s struggled with a knee injury and was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 8 after allowing five runs and six hits in two-plus innings against the New York Yankees. He’s yet to be activated.
Prior to the DL stint, Masterson hadn’t won since June 8.
The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts. The Indians considered him to be their staff ace going into the season, naming him their Opening Day starter.
Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State. He’s a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage in 235 minor-league games. Baseball America ranked him as St. Louis’ No. 8 prospect entering this season.
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick contributed to this report.