Cardinals Trade Colby Rasmus to Blue Jays

While we’re waiting to get the official word on the Carlos Beltran deal, you may be interested to know that the Cardinals have traded young centerfielder Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays in return for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Marc Rzepczynski, Corey Patterson, and either players to be named later or cash considerations. In addition to Rasmus, the Cardinals also dealt Trever Miller, P.J. Walters, and Brian Tallet.

Jackson had been acquired by the Blue Jays only hours before the Rasmus deal, in a trade with the White Sox that also netted Mark Teahen and sent back Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart to Chicago.

Got all that?

I have to say I’m stunned that the Cardinals received as little as they did for Rasmus. Though they acquired several players, none of them will have an impact in St. Louis beyond this year. I realize that Rasmus had a major personality conflict with Tony LaRussa and his teammates, so I understand why he was traded. But what I don’t get is why the Cardinals didn’t insist on getting at least one youngster who is a potential stud. It reminds me a little of when the Mets traded Scott Kazmir, in that we understood that they wanted to ship off the young lefthander, but why not get something better than Victor Zambrano in return?

Looking at this trade from the perspective of a Mets fan, I wonder if Sandy Alderson would have been able to obtain Rasmus from St. Louis in return for, say, Mike Pelfrey and Jason Isringhausen? Or maybe Chris Capuano, Angel Pagan, and Tim Byrdak (or Isringhausen)? I personally am hesitant to believe that Rasmus would have been a good fit in New York, but his raw talent is such that I’d do either of those deals in a second.

Baffling to me that the Cards did this deal and didn’t get back a package that would provide more long-term impact. Also, the timing was awful. If they waited until after Beltran was traded, they likely could have elicited competition from more teams bidding for Rasmus’ services — because with Beltran off the market, there are less big outfield bats available and many teams looking to add one.

What are your thoughts? Did the Cardinals make a bad deal? Would you have made a play for Rasmus?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. miranda July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm
    I think the Mets should make a play for something better than .500.
    • Joe Janish July 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm
      They’re a game over .500 now, isn’t that enough?


      • miranda July 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm
        I wish it was! But you can’t catch the Phillies flirting with .500. They are doing just enough to stay alive. The problem is, it’s about to kill them.
  2. daxmontana July 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    IDK,I think this Octavio Dotel youngster might turn out to be some kind of something.

    Also, if he was a met, I’d buy a Rzezynpznski shirt so fast.

  3. Mic July 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    No. We will make a run at the wc and fall short by two games.
  4. Walnutz15 July 28, 2011 at 7:47 am
    I’m with you, Joe – and always felt Pelfrey would be the guy that’d find peace of mind in working with Duncan out in STL — and that we could have seen what was up.

    Seeing that deal for Rasmus? Not really all that impressive, especially from an Edwin Jackson standpoint. I feel the guy’s massively overrated; but like I just said — he’ll be working with the right guy now… if it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen under Duncan’s watch.

    I think Alderson did just fine in securing a really nice arm yesterday, so we’ll see what else does/doesn’t occur by July 31st.

    As much as I want to say that I love the potential of Colby Rasmus (believe me, I absolutely do) — there’s always that bit of “Gregg Jefferies” twinge to the whole thing.

    Anyone who has their dad so heavily involved with the on-field aspects of their game… more than asking for it, on many levels. Gonna piss off your real coaches, not to mention – get a (boat)load back in ribbing from the guys in the locker room.

    Really intrigued by this kid, though. Wanna see what happens with him.