06/27/2009 11:06 PM ET
Cards acquire Mark DeRosa from Indians
Redbirds send Chris Perez and player-to-be-named to Tribe
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced Saturday that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for right-handed reliever Chris Perez and a player-to-be-named-later.
DeRosa, 34, was batting .270 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs this season, ranking second on the Indians in both homers and RBIs. His 50 RBIs ranked 10th in the American League at the start of play on Saturday. DeRosa's .339 batting mark against left-handed pitchers ranks 17th in the A.L. and his .661 slugging pct. against port-siders is the 8th best total in the Junior Circuit.
"We felt that this deal provided us with an excellent opportunity to improve our team, especially from an offensive standpoint," said Cardinals vice president/general manager John Mozeliak. "We feel our team has the pitching to contend, and if we can get the offense to produce at a more consistent level, then our overall performance should benefit."
The right-handed hitting DeRosa owns a career batting mark of .278 with 82 home runs and 402 RBIs in 964 games with Atlanta (1998-04), Texas (2005-06), Chicago Cubs (2007-08) and Cleveland (2009). His .305 career batting average vs. left-handers is 22nd best among active players (min. 750 PA) since 1998.
DeRosa has shown versatility in the field throughout his career, playing over 100 career games at third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield. He has appeared in 42 games this season at third, 16 in left field, ninr in right and seven games at first base.
DeRosa enjoyed career highs in both home runs (21) and RBIs (87) last season while batting .285 for the Chicago Cubs. He hit a torrid .378 last August with seven home runs.
DeRosa was traded to the Indians on New Year's Eve in exchange for three Minor League pitchers.
The 6-1, 205-pound native of Oradell, NJ, attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Quakers' starting quarterback from 1993-95. He was Drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves in 1996.
Perez, who turns 24 on July 1, was the Cardinals' supplemental first round Draft selection in 2006. He is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA and one save this season.
DeRosa is expected to the join the Cardinals for their game Sunday afternoon (1:15 p.m. CDT) against the Minnesota Twins. He will wear uniform #7.