07/22/2009 7:15 PM ET
Cardinals acquire Julio Lugo from Red Sox
Redbirds send Chris Duncan and player-to-be-named to Boston
ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 22, 2009 -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have acquired infielder Julio Lugo and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Chris Duncan and a player-to-be-named-later or cash considerations.
"We felt that Julio could help our club by improving our middle infield depth," said Cardinals' Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "He gives us another right-handed bat and provides Tony with additional flexibility. We're optimistic that he will respond positively to a fresh start here in St. Louis."
Lugo, 33, was batting .284 with a homer and 8 RBI in 37 games for the Red Sox this season, including a .333 average against left-handed pitching. Lugo made his last appearance on July 6 before being designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week.
A veteran of 10-plus seasons, Lugo owns a career batting mark of .271 with 78 home runs and 187 stolen bases. He swiped 33 bases for the Red Sox in 2007 and had a career-best 39 steals in 2005 for Tampa Bay.
The 6-1, 175-pound Lugo was drafted by Houston in 1994 and began his big league career with the Astros from 2000-03. He has also played for Tampa Bay (2003-06), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006) and Boston (2007-09). Primarily a shortstop, Lugo has also played second base, third base and the outfield.
Duncan, 28, was optioned to Memphis (AAA) after last night's game. He was batting .227 with 5 home runs and 32 RBI for the Cardinals this season.
"Chris Duncan was drafted and developed by this organization, and in addition to being a talented player we all recognize him as a high-quality individual," said Mozeliak. "He was an important part of our World Championship club in 2006. I know I speak for our entire organization when I say that we are grateful to Chris for what he has given to the Cardinals and our fans."