As a lifelong Cardinals fan it’s a bittersweet day for me. Colby Rasmus is now a Toronto Blue Jay.
This trade is part of an 8 player deal, plus cash or 3 PTBNL. This deal undoubtedly disappoints every lady in the St. Louis area who adored their Colby, but for Rasmus, this is a pleasant exit.
The deal ultimately included three teams. The White Sox sent Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahan to Toronto, who then did the deal with St. Louis, sending Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Mark Rzepczynski, Corey Patterson and three players to be named later or cash to the Cardinals. The Blue Jays got Rasmus, Brian Tallet, Trever Miller and P.J. Walters–Miller has subsequently been flipped to the White Sox, with a couple other folks I’m not concerned about mentioning.
This will be a nice, fresh start for Rasmus–I am certainly a fan of his. I suppose it’s because I know that I’d never be able to get along very well with Tony LaRussa either. LaRussa has made a few remarks that Rasmus has oft opted for hitting advice from his father Tony, as opposed to hitting coach Mark McGwire. Honestly, I can’t blame him. I suppose he could just nod and “uh-huh” his way through the lectures from a career .263 hitter whose claim to fame was cheating to hit 70 home runs in a season, but ultimately, you gotta be comfortable in the box. Defensively, I believe Rasmus to be very underrated. I think all 476 Toronto baseball fans will love him.
This will also be a nice, fresh start for Edwin Jackson in St. Louis. A MLB journeyman, he may find a dominant stroke working with legendary Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, and throwing to Yadier Molina. If you hit your spots with Yadi, he’ll put you in positions to win a lot of games.
Other news from around the league: It certainly looks like Carlos Beltran is soon to become a San Francisco Giant.