Cards Acquire Moss from Tribe for Kaminsky

The St. Louis Cardinals traded prospect pitcher Rob Kaminsky to Cleveland for 1B/OF Brandon Moss.

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor-league left-handed pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky.

Moss, 31, has a slash line of .217/.288/.407/.695 in 94 games this season. The left-handed hitter’s 15 home runs and 50 RBI with Cleveland would be tops on the 2015 Cardinals. Moss hit at least 25 home runs and drove in at least 80 runs the previous two seasons with Oakland.

Last December, Moss was dealt to the Tribe for minor league infielder Joey Wendle, a 2012 sixth-rounder. Moss also has played with Boston and Pittsburgh.

Moss, who can play first base and outfield, will help fill the loss of Matt Adams at first base and potentially Matt Holliday in left field. The latter suffered another quad injury Wednesday night, the severity of which is yet to be determined.

Kaminsky, 20, was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2013. The Cardinal Nation’s fourth-ranked prospect in St. Louis’ system has appeared on several national top 100 lists. In 17 starts at A-Advanced Palm Beach this season, the lefty is 6-5 with a 2.09 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings.

Moss, who is making $6.5 million this year, can be a free agent following the 2016 season.

Brian Walton’s take

Would anyone trade Kaminsky for Joey Wendle? Clearly the Indians made out well here.

With a number of strong arms at the high-A/Double-A levels, the Cards could spare Kaminsky. However many observers seem to agree that St. Louis should have gotten more for him.

It appears the Cardinals decided Moss was the best available hitter after having been linked to other bats such as Adam Lind in trade rumors. The Holliday injury may have increased their urgency and lowered their leverage.

We will see very quickly how this acquisition impacts the 2015 Cardinals. Immediate offensive help is the most important need. If Moss’ contribution is positive, then concerns over the loss of Kaminsky will be muted.

From a roster perspective, the Cardinals will need to make room on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters for Moss later on Thursday. A DL move for Holliday is one possibility with others including optioning out Dan Johnson or Stephen Piscotty. The 40-man move is more difficult to predict.

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