Justin Masterson Indians dump Justin Masterson on the CardinalsThe Cleveland Indians decided it was time to make room for their future by dumping Justin Masterson on the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Masterson began the season as the Indians ace, but after a disappointing first-half of the season he will finish the season just as another member of the Cardinals rotation.  Masterson is scheduled to start Saturday for the Cardinals against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Masterson is a dismal 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in the 19 starts he has had.  Not only has his performance suffered, but his velocity has also noticeably suffered.  In the five starts prior to being placed on the DL with right knee inflammation, he allowed 19 runs and 27 hits in just 18 innings.

This move for Cleveland helped them get something out of Masterson whom is in his final year under his current contract.

James Ramsey Indians dump Justin Masterson on the CardinalsThe Indians will receive minor league outfielder James Ramsey, a former first-round choice.

Cleveland is picking up a 24-year-old prospect in Ramsey.  Ramsey was a first-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State and was batting .300 with 13 homers and a .916 OPS at Class AA Springfield (Mo.).

The Indians have been slipping in the AL Central.  Sitting 6.5 games back of division leading Detroit, they just recently watched the Kansas City Royals leap frog them in the standings after going 3-7 in the last 10 games.  Right now the Indians (53-54) have found themselves tied for 9th place (tied with Tampa Bay) in the American League.

With about 50 games left in the season, the Indians are looking for two things out of the trade.  With Masterson out of the rotation permanently, the bullpen finds its rhythm and building their farm system to become a serious threat in the real near future.