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Tribe completes DeRosa deal, gets closer Todd

By Sheldon Published: July 26, 2009

The Indians completed the June 27 deal with the Cardinals Sunday by acquring a right-handed closer who has spent most of the season at Triple-A.

Added to the 40-man roster and assigned to Columbus is 23-year-old Jess Todd, 4-2 with 24 saves and a 2.20 earend-run average at Memphis of the Pacific Coast League. In 49 innings, Todd has allowed 39 hits, 13 walks, 59 strikeouts and a .214 batting average against.

His save total leads the league and is tied for fourth best in all of minor-league baseball.

Todd made his big-league debut on June 5, giving up two runs, three hits and two walks in 1 2/3  inings against the Rockies. He was optioned back to Triple-A the next day.

Last year, Todd was selected as the Cardinals' Minor Legue Pitcher of the Year with an aggregate record of 8-6 and a 2.88 ERA at three levels: Class A Palm Beach, Double-A  Springfield and Memphis. He also pitched in last year's Futures game.

Todd ws taken in the second round of  of the 2007 draft after matriculating at the University of Arkansas.

His acquisition completes the trade that brought reliever Chris Perez to Cleveland in exchange for Mark DeRosa.

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