Cardinals, Indians Complete LaRosa Deal

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Indians acquired RHP Jess Todd from the Cardinals to complete the Mark DeRosa trade.

Todd had a 2.88 ERA in 153 innings at three levels last year, but the Cardinals opted to send him to the pen this spring. He responded with a 2.20 ERA and a 59/13 K/BB ratio in 49 innings as the closer at Triple-A Memphis. In Cleveland, he could battle former teammate Chris Perez to become the No. 2 man in the pen and heir to Kerry Wood’s job. He’ll head to Triple-A for now, but he’ll probably be called up next month.