The Cardinals will acquire Brandon Moss from the Indians in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky, according to a source. We first reported the serious talks between the two clubs last night.
Moss, 31, is the second Indians' outfielder to be traded this week, joining new Angel David Murphy. Moss also has the ability to play first base, giving the Cardinals an option to replace Matt Adams at first base and Matt Holliday in the outfield while both are injured.
Moss has only hit .217/.288/.407 this season, but has hit fifteen home runs in 94 games and will provide some left-handed pop for the Cardinals. He is under team control through next season.
Kaminsky, 20, was the Cardinals' first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2013 draft and is currently ranked by MLB.com as the team's third-best prospect. The southpaw has posted a 2.09 ERA in seventeen starts this season while striking out 79 in 94.2 innings at High-A Palm Beach, and immediately becomes a top prospect in the Indians' system.
This is the second significant team between the two teams in as many years, as the Cards acquired righty Justin Masterson from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey last season.