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Cards GM says Rasmus trade unlikely

Posted on: November 14, 2010 5:33 pm
Colby Rasmus Because of his run-in with manager Tony La Russa this past season, Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus has been a popular name in trade rumors, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak stated what most everyone else has said about a Rasmus trade -- don't count on it.

Talking to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Joe Strauss , Mozeliak didn't say Rasmus was an untouchable, but he came close.

"Every player in the right deal could be traded," Mozleiak said, "but we're not shopping him. More importantly, I think it would be very difficult or almost impossible for us to replace him. So the way we're planning on moving, he's a big part of our club."

Mozeliak said the issues between Rasmus and La Russa have been handed and it's no longer an issue.

"I don't think someone with his service time (two years) can pick and choose where he wants to be," Mozeliak said.

And that's exactly why moving him made zero sense. Rasmus won't be arbitration-eligible until 2012 and won't be a free agent until 2015. He also had the third-best OPS among Cardinals regulars, hitting .276/.361/.498 last season with 23 home runs. For a team that was searching from offense from anyone without a $100 million contract, it would be difficult to give up a 24-year old producing at a premium position.

The Cardinals, however, would like to upgrade at shortstop, Mozeliak said. Brendan Ryan may have been the best defensive shortstop in the National League last season, but he hit .223/.279.294 in 2010. The team could also look to upgrade at second base, where Skip Schumaker hit .265/.328/.338.

"There is a school of thought that Skip will produce more than he did last year. There's a comfort level of that being probable," Mozeliak said. "In Brendan's case you would hope there would be some improvement, too. But if there were a way to address one of those positions in a positive way, we would pursue it. We probably have more of an emphasis on short than second at this point."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:49 am

Cards GM says Rasmus trade unlikely

I agree with the article that Ryan and/or Shoemaker must go.  From a watchability standpoint, I'd rather have toothpicks shoved under my fingernails than watch Shoemaker bat.  The guy needs to see a sports psychiatrist/psychologist, whatever.  The same thing after EVERY FREAKIN' PITCH!! He steps out of the box, rests the bat on the ground leaned up against his legs, and adjusts the velcro on his gloves.  It's god awful to watch.  Completely mind numbing.  It was hard to watch when the guy was batting .300 a year ago, but now there's no excuse for forcing fans to watch this if he's going to bat .230. 

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2010 5:59 pm

Cards GM says Rasmus trade unlikely

Trading Rasmus would be assanine. Just because he ahs a run in with TLR, does that mean he needs to go? Rolen had issues with TLR which led to his being dealt out of St. Louis, and all he has done has bounced back and won a gold glove in Cincinnati. TLR is a good manager, but I think he is a bit out of touch with the younger players. The problem IMO is if TLR left, Duncan would go too. That would be a much bigger hit than TLR leaving. And Big Mac is no help either. I also wouldn't put anything past Mozeliak. He dealt Ludwick last year for supposed pitching help. Ludwick's avg with RISP was way better than Mr. Moneybags Matt Holiday. Does anyone else remember a couple years ago when Lud was an All-Star? TLR took almost two months before he started putting Lud in the lineup everyday.....doesn't matter anyway. The Holiday signing will handcuff STL for a long time. How are they going to pay Albert or Wainwright?

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