Cardinals send Brendan Ryan to Seattle

Updated: December 13, 2010, 10:07 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded shortstop Brendan Ryan to the Seattle Mariners for minor league right-hander Maikel Cleto on Sunday.

Ryan hit .223 with a poor .279 on-base percentage and 11 steals in just fewer than 500 plate appearances last season. It was a big drop-off offensively after he batted .292 in 2009, and despite playing well defensively Ryan fell out of favor with the team.

When the Cardinals acquired middle infielder Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers earlier ...

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