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Jess Todd is the player to be named later

ESPN reports that the Cardinals sent Class AAA closer Jess Todd to Cleveland as the player to be named later in the trade that brought Mark DeRosa to St. Louis.

With the loss of two prospective closers in the swap, it is arguable that the Birds paid more dearly for DeRosa than they did to acquire Matt Holliday from Oakland.

Todd was 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA with Memphis. He had 24 saves, giving up 39 hits in 49 innings and striking out 59 while walking 13.

I don't want to sound like I'm not thrilled to see Holliday and DeRosa onboard. But if the Cardinals were so interested in keeping their farm system intact, why didn't they spend a little money over the offseason and pick up Raul Ibanez and Orlando Hudson. Those players are both all-stars and they could have been had for cash, meaning Chris Perez, Brett Wallace and Todd would all still be future Cardinals.

I just don't get the front office's penny wise and pound foolish ways.