This won’t make Cardinals fans or sabermetricians happy. Rasmus, however, can bring a lot back. Want some starting pitching? What about another CF (TCM mentioned a challenge trade with LAD for Matt Kemp, but if Kemp can’t get along with Torre and Rasmus had trouble with LaRussa, I can’t see it working out. Still, that doesn’t mean Rasmus couldn’t go to Seattle for Franklin Gutierrez and a prospect)? You could get whatever you wanted. He could bring back several prospects or another good, young MLB player. People seem to think that getting rid of Rasmus involves releasing him because no one is talking about his potential to bring back awesome prospects and/or young players.
However, LaRussa will be gone somewhat soon, and the Cardinals would be losing a crucial building block because John Jay, his .376 BABiP, 18% LD rate, and below-average BB rate are not going to equal Colby Rasmus. They could trade Rasmus, but finding awesome, young center fielders is like trying to find a lost golf ball in the really thick crap—possible but nowhere near likely.… Click here to read the rest