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Cards deal Zack Cox for relief help.

The Cardinals have traded 2010 first round draft pick Zack Cox to the Marlins just before the trade deadline Tuesday in exchange for RH relief pitcher Edward Mujica.

Cox has been a disappointment since being taken with the Cardinals' first selection in 2010. He's a third baseman by trade -- and not very good with the glove. His real contribution was supposed to be his bat. Projected as a middle of the order hitter when he was signed, Cox showed mediocre power and a batting average that has dwindled as he climbed the organizational ladder.

This season, Cox is hitting .254 with nine homers and 30 RBIs for Class AAA Memphis. Cox has struck out 63 times while walking 12. He hit .293 with 10 homers last year in 93 games at hitter-friendly Class AA Springfield.

Still, Cox was a lot to give up in exchange for Mujica, a reliever with a pedestrian 4.38 ERA in 39 innings pitched. He's allowed 36 hits -- six of them homers -- While striking out 26 and walking nine.

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