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Indians deal DeRosa for reliever

By Sheldon Published: June 27, 2009

   CLEVELAND: The symbolism was accidental. [ep
   Nevertheless, at the 11th hour Saturday night, the Indians acquired a reliever as the clock reached a more significant 11th hour, in terms of the team's chances to salvage something from the season. [ep
   After a 7-3 loss to the Reds at Progressive Field, General Manager Mark Shapiro announced that he had traded infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals for right-handed reliever Chris Perez, a hard-throwing 23-year-old. [ep
   ""We feel we've acquired a pitcher who's upside is pitching in the back end of the bullpen and someone who will be under our control for multiple years,'' Shapiro said. ""He has two things: (good) stuff and swing and miss (capabilities). His fastball is 93-95 miles per hour, and he has touched 98. He also has a swing and miss slider.'' [ep
   In addition to Perez, the Tribe obtained a player to be named from a list of minor leaguers. [ep
   ""We can take the rest of the season to scout him in the minor leagues or (make up our minds) before,'' Shapiro said. ""This is a piece that is of signicant value for us.'' [ep
   Asked if the player were two or more years from reaching the big leagues, Shapiro said, ""That would not be a safe statement to make.'' [ep
   Perez is 1-1 with one save and a 4.18 earned-run average in 29 appearances for St. Louis. In 232/3 innings, he has struck out 30, but he also has walked the unacceptable number of 15. He began the year at Triple-A Memphis. [ep
   ""He still has some development to do,'' Shapiro said. [ep
   Where does he fit in the Tribe's current bullpen? [ep
   ""Our main goal is to just to put him in a good position and go from there,'' the GM said. [ep
   Trading DeRosa does not signal that the Indians are giving up on the season. [ep
   ""The move has a chance to help us this year,'' Shapiro said. ""We are bringing in a piece in an area that sorely needs to be addressed.'' [ep
   DeRosa had mixed feelings about the deal. [ep
   ""I'm disappointed in the sense that I'd like to rewind the season and start over again here,'' he said. ""The toughest part will be leaving these guys. But from a selfish standpoint, I'm going to a team that's fighting for a division championship.'' [ep
   The Cardinals and Brewers are in a pitched battle for the National League Central Division title. [ep
   After a slow start, DeRosa is batting .270 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 278 at-bats. [ep
  He has been hearing trade rumors about himself for weeks on radio and television, but Saturday night's deal caught him by surprise. [ep
   ""I read about it every night,'' he said. ""But there was nothing today that made me expect anything until I was left out of the lineup. So I'm not shocked.'' [ep

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