Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired former closer John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers, though, we weren’t informed of what was being sent the Brewers way, rather, just given the ever-famous PTBNL (player to be named later).
That player was named today and by all indications, it won’t be one St. Louis Cardinal fans are happy with.
Reportedly, the Cardinals will send relatively highly touted arm Michael Blazek to the Brewers in exchange for Axford.
Per Tom Haudricourt:
RHP Michael Blazek is indeed player to be named for
#Brewers in John Axford trade.
Blazek, who appeared in eleven games with the Cardinals this season struggled during his short stint in the Big Show, but blew away Minor League hitters, posting an impressive 1.97 ERA between Double and Triple-A.
The 24-year-old Blazek was one of the better pitching prospects in the Cardinals organization, though, ripe with talent, apparently he was expendable to the Cardinals for immediate bullpen help.
Somewhat of a risky move for the Cardinals but a solid grab for the division rival Brewers.