Much neglected 4th outfielder and future spaceman Brian Barton has been dealt to Atlanta for Blaine Boyer, per John Marecek.
ST. LOUIS, MO., April 20, 2009 – The St. Louis Cardinals made a move today to fortify their bullpen depth by acquiring right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Memphis (AAA) outfielder Brian Barton.
Boyer, 27, appeared in a career-high 76 games for the Braves in 2008, ranking 9th among National League pitchers. He also set career highs for innings pitched (72.0) and strikeouts (67) and was among Braves' leaders in Holds with 14.The 6-3, 215-pound Boyer appeared in three games (1.1 IP) with the Braves this season, losing his lone decision on April 8 at Philadelphia.
Boyer has so far sucked this year and was DFA'd for Jo Jo Dancing Reyes a few days ago. Meanwhile, all Barton has done is be goofy and awesome down in Memphis.
The move might help the bullpen (hell, it can't hurt), but the St Louis organization has lost major cool points.