CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – With Friday’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Indians have made their second major move.
On Thursday, Cleveland sent outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky, one of the Cardinals’ first round picks in 2013.
The 20-year-old southpaw was 6-5 with a 2.09 ERA in 17 starts at Class-A Palm Beach, St. Louis’ High-A Minor League affiliate. Kaminsky has struck out 79 and walked 28 over 94 2/3 innings this season.
MLB.com ranks Kaminsky as the Cardinals’ third-best prospect.
On Tuesday, with the season slipping away, Indians GM Chris Antonetti acknowledged a shift in mindset at the deadline.
“I think our focus is a little bit more longer-term,” Antonetti said, “though we’re still discussing players coming back to our Major League team, but only players whose control extends beyond this year.”
The 5-foot-11 Kaminsky, who will report to Single-A Lynchburg, certainly falls under the category of a “longer-term” investment.
Meanwhile, Moss was largely underwhelming in his first season with the Indians, slashing .217/.288/.407 with 15 homers and 48 RBI (94 wRC+) in 93 games. The left-handed hitter, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in the off-season, is under team control in 2016 through arbitration.
He is making $6.5 million this season.
However, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday re-injured his quad on Wednesday, and they have already lost first baseman Matt Adams to a season-ending quad tear. Moss’ ability to play first base and the outfield was appealing to St. Louis.
Cleveland has made a pair of additional deals with the Cardinals prior to the deadline over the past few years.
The Indians acquired Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis for Minor League infielder Juan Herrera in 2013, and the Tribe shipped Justin Masterson to the Cardinals in 2014 for Minor League outfielder James Ramsey.
The underachieving Indians have already been busy prior to the trade deadline, sending outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for Double-A shortstop Eric Stamets.