Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 1/24/15
The Indians made their first deadline move and it was a big one.  They sent right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey in a one for one deal. The Cardinals had been chasing big name pitchers, but in the end decided it was better to not pay the premium and rolled the dice on Masterson. Initial reaction was very mixed for both Indians and Cardinals fans. It is easy to see why. It’s hard to say who won a deal like this. In the end I am happy with the Indians return and here is why. There are several reasons why Masteron’s value cratered this season. The first and obvious being he has been ineffective and hurt for a good chunk of the year. This means a team is trading for him on his history not for what he has done this year. The issue is the history of Masterson is not great either. He is the king of inconsistency and has failed in his career to ever put two good years in a row together. His struggles with left-handed hitter...
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  • Once again, the Indians pack it in and sell off the season. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
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