Right-hander Mitchell Boggs, who pitched his way off the St. Louis Cardinals' roster earlier this season, was traded to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.
In exchange for the 29-year-old pitcher, the Cardinals received an international signing bonus slot. The slot is worth $206,400, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Boggs began the season as the Cardinals' closer, but he lost the ninth-inning job after blowing two of his first four save chances. He was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in early May, returned to the majors for another disappointing four-appearance stint, then went back to Memphis on May 31.
Overall for St. Louis this year, Boggs went 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA in 18 appearances. In 18 games (three starts) for Memphis, Boggs was 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA.
In previous years, Boggs was a key part of the St. Louis bullpen, helping the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series. Last year, he posted a stellar 2.21 ERA in 78 appearances.
The Rockies cleared a spot for Boggs on the 40-man roster by designating right-handed reliever Joe Gardner for assignment. Gardner, 25, was 3-2 with a 7.01 ERA in 13 appearances for Double-A Tulsa this year. He has no major league experience. Gardner was acquired by Colorado as part of the 2011 deal that sent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians.