The Indians have made a minor deadline acquisition by striking a deal with the Cardinals for left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, who earlier Tuesday was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. In exchange the Cardinals will receive minor-league shortstop Juan Herrera.
Rzepczynski has intriguing stuff but inconsistent results. This season, he pitched to a 7.84 ERA for the Cardinals and, as a consequence, spent much of his time this season at Memphis. For his career, the 27-year-old Rzepczynski has a 4.20 ERA (99 ERA+) and has held left-handed hitters to a line of .224/.298/.310. The fact that Rzepczynski throws three pitches -- a fastball, slider and change -- has led to occasional speculation that he could be tried out as a starter.
As for Herrera, the 20-year-old owns a triple-slash of .286/.382/.384 across parts of three minor-league seasons at the lowest levels.