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DeRosa Dealt To Cardinals

Chris Perez

Versatile Mark DeRosa was traded by the Indians to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night for reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named. General manager Mark Shapiro announced the deal after Cleveland's 7-3 home loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Perez is expected to join the Indians on Monday, while the team has until Sept. 1 to choose the other player from a mutually agreed upon list.

"This was the right time to do this deal," Shapiro said after Cleveland fell further into last place in the AL Central Division. "It is a deal that can help us for this season and on into the future as we will be getting two quality players." The bullpen has been the biggest reason for Cleveland's disappointing 31-45 record and Perez is expected to be the latest candidate to try and shore up the...

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