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07.22.2009 4:39 pm

Duncan on way to Boston for Lugo

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The Cardinals traded Chris Duncan to Boston for shortstop Julio Lugo this afternoon.

“We felt that Julio could help our club by improving our middle infield depth,” said Cardinals’ Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak.

Dave Duncan told Derrick Goold that Chris was happy with the move and noted that Chris had always done better on the road than in St. Louis so he expected the move to help his son. The elder Duncan, however, was none too pleased with the move. Goold will have more on that later.

Lugo was designated for assignment last week and the Sox had until Monday to move him.

Bernie Miklasz confirmed that the Red Sox will still be responsible for the remaining $13.5 million on Lugo’s contract.  It’s expected that Duncan, 27, will be assigned to Pawtucket.

The Cardinals were going to option Duncan to Memphis before this deal was announced. Duncan is hitting .227 and has just one hit in his last 31 at-bats as he struggles to regain his form from off-season disk surgery.

Lugo, 33, hit .284 in 37 games for the Red Sox this season. He had struggled in Boston since joining the Red Sox in 2007. He hit .237 that first season as the Red Sox won the World Series. He played in only 82 games the next year and made 16 errors and hit .268 before suffering a torn quadriceps muscle.

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I didnt see this one coming. I bet this surprises the crap out of you fans that said Larussa and Duncan were blind because chris was duncs son. Go pound sand.

— mike
4:50 pm July 22nd, 2009

Duncan’s a better fit for the DH league. Hopefully he gets right and can prosper.

— tgharris
4:54 pm July 22nd, 2009

YEAH!!!!!!!! I will buy a ticket to the next home game now! Thank you Cardinal Brass!!!! The Dunc era is over WHOOOOHOOOO

— Jeremie
4:56 pm July 22nd, 2009

best for both

— $$Blogtalk
4:57 pm July 22nd, 2009

I now have renewed confidence in the front office. I thought Duncan would be kept around just because of his father

— Souther Illinois Cards
4:59 pm July 22nd, 2009

Thanks for the memories Dunc….not!

— STLFANWI
5:00 pm July 22nd, 2009

Sad to see him go, regardless of the “click-and-kvetch” crowd, as DGoold says… but tgharris and $$Blogtalk are right, this works out for both sides. Good luck, Lil Dunc! Does this move Skip back to the OF? Maybe to replace Ankiel for a bit?

— bhamcardfan
5:00 pm July 22nd, 2009

Looks like the people with “fake names” and no “club” sources out-scooped you, huh Strauss?

— mcw7w6
5:00 pm July 22nd, 2009

I’m surprised we got a body in return and not a bag of used batting practice balls… good luck staying in the bigs without your pops as the coach Chris

— Qhafron
5:02 pm July 22nd, 2009

Sorry Chris, but this is AWESOME news. You were the most frustrating player I have ever watched in the bigs…

— John S
5:02 pm July 22nd, 2009

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