Reyes to Cleveland for AA Reliever Perdomo

Never fully able to make the leap to the big leagues, St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A right-handed starter Anthony Reyes is now a member of the Cleveland Indians organization. Double-A reliever Luis Perdomo came the other way and will report to Springfield.

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have completed a trade with the Cleveland Indians, swapping Memphis (AAA) pitcher Anthony Reyes in exchange for Akron (AA) right-handed reliever Luis Perdomo and cash.

Perdomo, 24, was named to the Class-A Carolina League All-Star team this year after posting a 3-1 mark with a 0.92 ERA and 18 saves for Kinston. He was 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in 9 games with Akron (AA) of the Eastern League and has combined to go 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA, 19 saves and 60 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched this season.

"I think everyone agreed that a change of scenery was probably best for Anthony," said Cardinals Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "Hopefully this will benefit him and it allows us to add depth to our minor league system, as we not only remain focused on the Major League team, but continue to look to the future."

Signed by the Indians as an non-drafted free agent out of the San Cristobal Dominican Republic in 2003, Perdomo spent three seasons with the Indians DSL team before advancing to the GCL Indians in 2006, where he finished 2nd in the league with 9 saves, fanning 29 batters in 20 innings. He was 4-6 with a 3.27 ERA and 10 saves in 56 games for Lake County of the South Atlantic League in 2007.

The 6-0, 170-pound Perdomo will be assigned to the Springfield Cardinals (AA) roster.

Coming this evening: Manager Tony La Russa looks back on the Reyes years with St. Louis.

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