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Work ahead for Indians
Very soon, we will be able to judge whether Saturday's Mark DeRosa trade was a good deal for the St. Louis Cardinals.
If he helps them make the playoffs, it will be viewed favorably. Otherwise, it probably won't.
The circumstances are different for the Cleveland Indians, who may have to wait for years to learn the full extent of their return.
They obtained reliever Chris Perez, who should help their bullpen immediately. But there's also a player to be named later.
Over the coming weeks, the Indians will scout the St. Louis farm system to determine the second player in the trade. One official with knowledge of the transaction said minor league right-handers Jess Todd and Francisco Samuel are on the list of possibilities.
It's not known if other players are on the list agreed upon by the clubs. But Todd and Samuel are hard throwers who could fit into Cleveland's bullpen next year. And anyone who has watched the Indians play recently is aware that they have an immediate need for power arms at the end of the game.
Todd has appeared in one big-league game this season and has a 2.73 ERA in 28 appearances at Class AAA Memphis.
Samuel is 3-3 with a 4.55 ERA in 32 games at Class AA Springfield.
The Indians will receive the second player on or before Sept. 1. Until then, the box scores of Cardinals minor league games will be of great interest to Indians fans.
Jon Paul Morosi