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I'm underwhelmed with the St. Louis Cardinals trade for Justin Masterson

I don't mean to be a naysayer.

But I'm not in love with the St. Louis Cardinals trade of outfield prospect James Ramsey to the Cleveland Indians for struggling veteran hurler Justin Masterson.

Sure Masterson was an all-star in 2013 and he won at least 11 games a season from 2011-14. But he's been one injury problem after another this season and the result has been a tremendous drop in velocity followed by a tremendous drop in effectiveness. 

Masterson, who was on the disabled list prior to his swap to St. Louis, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 2014 and he's been especially terrible away from The Tribe's home field, 1-4 with a 6.80 ERA. Since June 1 he's 2-2 with a 6.16 ERA and opponents are hitting .297 against him

I could buy into his acquisition if he's part of renovation project. Maybe the Redbirds are looking beyond this season at a 6-foot-6 hurler who is only 29 years old that they think they can take to the next level and again be a front of the rotation starter...

Well, think again if that's the case. Because Masterson will be a free agent at the end of the season.

That takes him out of the rehab project category and puts Masterson firmly in the insurance policy category more likely than it makes him a difference maker. If the Redbirds thought of Masterson as a project they should have kept Ramsey and then tried to sign the hurler as a free agent over the winter.

I hope this wasn't the only move that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak had in mind. Because if it is, I know I am pretty disappointed. I would have preferred to see Mozeliak do nothing than to give away a recent first round draft pick on a questionable rental.

I'm trying to see the big picture. I just don't think there is one.