The Cardinals aren't -- and weren't -- close to dealing outfielder Colby Rasmus this offseason, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes .
Rasmus reportedly asked for a trade last season, but general manager John Mozeliak said it was never seriously considered. So proposed trades such as the suggested Rasmus for Carlos Quentin deal with the White Sox were never more than media speculation.
"I think any trade discussions about Colby were completely manifested by what was going on in the media," Mozeliak said. "Dating back to September when that [story] broke, I'd get calls from teams right then and there. But they were bottom-fishing. They thought we were just going to give him away. That was never the case."
Rasmus requested a trade and had a heated exchange with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in the dugout during a game and said he felt isolated from his teammates. Even Albert Pujols made a pointed comment about Rasmus during the season.
Still, La Russa -- who confirmed in September that Rasmus had asked for a trade -- claims it's a media issue, not an issue between the two.
"It's a story line that people wear out," La Russa told Goold. "It's inaccurate and it's unfair. … He's still gaining experience and figuring out how insincere [these reports] really are. We have a good relationship. Good to real good. At its worst, it's good. At its best, it's real good."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans