The Indians have acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals for Low-A 2B Juan Herrera. Rzepczynski (pronounced zep-CHIN-skee) will report to Cleveland tonight from AAA Memphis, where he was currently assigned.In need of a LOOGY, the Indians acquire one without giving up much in return. Rzepczynski has spent the majority of the 2013 season with the AAA Memphis Redbirds (44 innings) and a little time with the Cardinals (10.1 innings). He is not your typical LOOGY, however, as he is not an extreme groundball pitcher and his walk rate has always been somewhat a concern.
Most importantly, Rzepczynski is also under team control through 2015, a positive sign in the roster flexibility category. With not many LOOGY's in the farm system, Rzepczynski could fill that role for the next several seasons. You have to give the front office credit for finding a player that can have an impact both this season and in future seasons.
With all the teams in contention this season, finding under-valued commodities turns into the strategy of choice for organizations which are buyers.