The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league lefthander Rob Kaminsky.
Could there be any relation to our own Ross Kaminsky?
The Cardinals had an urgent need to add an outfielder after Matt Holliday reinjured his right quad while running down to first base in last night’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The injury had forced Holliday to miss the All-Star Game to which he was elected to start.
Although Moss was only hitting .217 with the Tribe this season, he does have 15 HR and 50 RBI. Moss, 31, was acquired in an off-season trade with the Oakland A’s last December. Moss bounced around with the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies before finally putting it together with the A’s in 2012. Moss has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons and is very likely to reach that number again in 2015.
At 64-37, the Cardinals own the best record in MLB, but are only 4½ games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Five days ago, that lead was 7 games. So the Cardinals had to respond when Holliday got re-injured. I would be very surprised to see Holliday play again this season.
As for this Kaminsky fellow, he was pitching with the Cardinals’ Class A affiliate in Palm Beach. In 17 starts, the 20-year old southpaw was 6-5 with a 2.09 ERA and fanned 79 batters in 94 2/3 innings pitched. It might take a couple of years, but Rob Kaminsky looks very promising.