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Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 1:05 pm
 
Rasmus

By Evan Brunell

Despite constant denials, the Cardinals appear to have made center fielder Colby Rasmus available in discussions with the White Sox, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Rasmus and the Cardinals have never had a strong relationship, with the center fielder requesting a trade multiple times last season. Given his potential as a middle of the order hitter, however, it's no surprise that St. Louis has hung on. But with Rasmus struggling and recently being supplanted by Jon Jay in center field, the Cardinals may now be willing to move the 24-year-old, who is hitting just .241/.327/.402 in 374 plate appearances, a far cry from his .276/.361/.498 mark last season, when he cranked 23 homers. The Cardinals know darn well just how important Rasmus can be to a team, whether it be St. Louis or another club, so the switch-hitter will cost another team a pretty penny.

Discussions have taken place around one of Chicago's starting pitchers, especially Edwin Jackson, slated to become a free agent. It's unlikely the team would consider trading its other pitchers in Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Mark Buehrle, although the latter grew up (and remains) a Cardinals fan, with many believing the left-hander will eventually pitch for the Cardinals. Buehrle is also an impending free agent, but it's unlikely Chicago will want to part with the lefty who has succeeded for so many years in the hitter's park that is U.S. Cellular. The Post also suggests the name Matt Thornton, a left-handed reliever who could bolster St. Louis' bullpen and even serve as its closer.

The trade appears so far apart that there is talk of bringing in a third team to complete the deal. That suggests that a deal is not particularly close, but things can always change once the clock ticks closer to 4 p.m. next Sunday. Part of the issue is the White Sox trying to decide if they are buyers or sellers. The upcoming three-game series against Detroit should help determine that. If it's time to sell, a Jackson-for-Rasmus trade suddenly becomes far more possible.

Rasmus also interests the Nationals and Rays, with Tampa Bay also willing to give up starting pitching. The best piece Washington could cough up is shortstop Ian Desmond, of which there are conflicting reports as to his availability. The Nats had a scout follow St. Louis on a nine-game road trip that ends Sunday.

While it's a no-brainer for Chicago to acquire a young centerfielder of the future, especially if all they give up is a pitcher that was going to hit free agency anyway, it would represent a roster crunch. Carlos Quentin, he of 20 bombs on the season, isn't going anywhere in right field. Alex Rios has been a massive disappointment in center and could move to left to make room for Rasmus, but that would displace Juan Pierre, a personal favorite of manager Ozzie Guillen.

Also complicating matters is the presence of left-field prospect Dayan Viciedo, who deserves to be starting in the majors now, but is blocked by Pierre. Unless Viciedo is part of this Rasmus deal, he would be certain to open 2012 in left, so that may require Rios to hit the bench.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:50 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:01 am
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

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Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

dude, the guy hit the ball good last year. His stash is awesome. Who would take his place.
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thanks



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

wow, this post took a pretty long time t odo. As a Cards fan i would really like Heath Bell as a closer but we might not get him.
Wherever ramus goes he was fun to watch asa Cardinal.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

Uhm, I think it's a good idea. Do it. I like the idea of getting rid of Quentin for something, maybe even this year if you can pull Rasmus off, and then have Rios/Viciedo in left/right for next year. It's time the Sox had a better than average CF and Rasmus is definetly that. Like the article says, The Missle is ready for the show so you have to make room for him. He can't stay in AAA forever. Coughing up E. Jackson isn't all that great, I kinda like him but I understand that he has to go, so I'll pack his bags. Thornton, not so much. That guy can shut the door in the 8th and I still think he has potential for the 9th. He throws hard, he's accurate and he's a lefty. Not too many of those guys around. Anyway, I like the deal for now and later. It gives the Sox flexability and the oppertunity to get guys in positions where they belong. This team has the chance to be loaded with lots of baseball talent if guys can just play in positions that exploit what they can do instead of being placed in places that take advantage of what they can't do.(Rios,Viciedo) So yes Kenny, you have my support to move some parts around. I know you were wondering what I was thinking.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

I would much rather get someone of more value and talent since Colby has been over-rated from the start. The Cards should have dealt him for real talent a long time ago. Some day he may develop some baseball smarts and put some effort in his game; when he can do that he may be of some season-long value to a team...until then he's JD Drew with even less of everything. Ridding the team of his presence is a plus, but I really don't think Jackson is what the Cardinals need. Buehrle would be perfect and Thorton would help. If the Cards could get a real Major League shortstop, lose Rasmus, and shore up the bullpen, they could easily be playing in October. Theriot has been good at the plate for the most part, but when you subtract how much he gives up defensively plus the extra work load put on the pitchers because of his errors, misplays, weak arm, and lack of range; he just doesn't make sense as an everyday big league SS. I don't care how good the rest of your team is...you're not going to be a championship team with Theriot, Rasmus, and Shoemaker up the middle.  



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

Rasmus might shine if he gets away from Tony LaRussa. The White Sox could use him given the poor state of their outfield this year.  Big question is whether Rasmus is merely prickly in the club house or a cancer.  Now might be the perfect time for Chicago to move Mark Buehrle who isn't going to come cheap as a free agent but is getting up in years and pitches.



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

I'm a life long Cards fan and would love to see him go :).  He's a punk!!!



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

I wonder if Viciedo will be better than Rasmus someday. If I was the Pale Hose GM I would make that trade to get Ramsus.

Give st lois Edwin Jackson instead if they don't want the outfield prospect. Jackson is used to moving every year.




Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Cardinals could deal Rasmus to White Sox

too funny


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