CastroTurf: DeRosa to the Cardinals
DeRosa, a subject of trade rumors almost from the time he first slipped on an Indians uniform, is on the block no more. The Indians have traded the versatile veteran to the Cardinals for right-hander Chris Perez and a player to be named later. GM Mark Shapiro said the PTBN component is an important one, akin to the Coco Crisp and Michael Brantley acquisitions in the past.
On the player and PTBNL received from the Cardinals:
Tribe deals DeRosa to Cards for Perez | indians.com: News
Perez, who turns 24 on July 1, has spent the majority of 2009 in the Cardinals' bullpen, going 1-1 with a save and a 4.18 ERA in 29 appearances. He began the year at Triple-A Memphis, where he was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA in four innings of work. Major Leaguers have hit just .195 off him. Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said the player to be named component is an important part of the deal for the Indians. They will evaluate their options over the remainder of the Minor League season.
The AP story has some quotes from DeRosa and Shapiro:
Cleveland Indians ship infielder Mark DeRosa to St. Louis Cardinals for reliever Chris Perez - ESPN
DeRosa didn't play in the Indians' 7-3 loss to Cincinnati. The trade was announced immediately after the game.
"We felt the time was right to maximize the value Mark had," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said. Perez, who turns 24, on July 1, has a 4.18 ERA in 29 appearances with a 1-1 record and one save.
Shapiro hopes he can help Cleveland's beleagured bullpen, which is a major reason the Indians are 31-45. "He throws 93 to 95 [mph]," Shapiro said. "He had back end stuff and the ability to get a strikeout."
Some scouting reports on Chris Perez (thanks to world dictator):
Prospect Profile: Chris Perez « Future Redbirds
If you just look at his K’s and opponents batting averages (not shown), he’s just been scary good. The big issue: Perez can be his own worst enemy. In 84 professional innings, he’s allowed just 43 hits, but has walked 60, hit 13 batsmen and thrown 13 wild pitches. The big oddity with Perez is his handling of left-handed batters. He is equally tough to hit facing either, and strikes both out with regularity, but he walks them twice as often. (10.31 BB/9 against 5.2 BB/9.)
Cards Closer Candidate: Chris Perez | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
When Perez reached St. Louis in mid-May, he continued to tantalize with his K rates and high-octane stuff while also frustrating with his command hiccups. On the positive side, Perez highlighted his closer-worthy talent, pumping in fastballs at an average of 95.2 MPH (used 75% of the time) and complementing the heater with an 85.1 MPH slider (utilized nearly a quarter of the time). That dastardly combo led to plenty of swings and misses, as Perez punched out 9.07 batters per nine innings in 41.2 frames. Control, however, continued to elude the portly right-hander: he allowed 4.75 BB/9, which led to a 4.33 FIP.