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Cardinals trade Julio Lugo to the Orioles

Apr 1, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

Julio Lugo Cardinals.jpgJoe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Julio Lugo to the Orioles.  No word on what they’re getting back, but the roster spot is plenty valuable given that the Cards would like to keep outfielders Allen Craig, Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather on the team and, before the trade, only had two slots to use for them.

More to the point for the Cardinals, the signing of Felipe Lopez — for one MEEEELION dollars — made Lugo redundant. From Baltimore’s perspective, Lugo provides Brian Roberts insurance, as he’s been dealing with back spasms.

Pretty sensible move for everyone involved. I love efficiency.

  1. peteinfla - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Hey Craig, last we heard, Roberts was doing much better and supposedly ready for opening day. Any reason to think that Lugo is more than just insurance, and that Roberts injury is worse than it appears?
    Nice Austin Powers reference. Is it true that you read for the part of Dr. Evil? I heard that the Dodgers and Mets think so.

  2. Charles Gates - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Julio Lugo’s middle name is ‘Cesar.’ The starting Oriole SS is Cesar Izturis. The seems to be a marketing ploy by McPhail to get fans to begin to associate the team with royalty.
    But what’s that, you say? It’s actually spelled ‘Caesar?’ Right. But the young fans of Baltimore certainly won’t know that considering the leadership of Principal Claudell Withers and Assistant Principal Marcia Donnelly. Just look how they injected smart kids like Duquan Weems into society’s fringe as he slipped through the cracks.

  3. Moag - Apr 1, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    nice Wire reference

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