Cardinals trade lefty Marc Rzepczynski to Indians

Mark Rzepczynski will get a fresh start in Cleveland. (USATSI)
Mark Rzepczynski will get a fresh start in Cleveland. (USATSI)

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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.

The Cardinals originally acquired Rzepczynski as part of the 2011 deadline trade that sent Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Jackson and Octavio Dotel.

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.

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