As recently as Thursday there were rumors swirling that the St. Louis Cardinals were actively seeking to move outfielder Colby Rasmus. Apparently those reports were vastly overblown. Reports today claim Rasmus is not, in fact, being shopped and Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says it is highly unlikely he would trade the young center fielder.
Several clubs – including the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox – have inquired about Rasmus but have been rebuffed. While it has leaked out that the Cardinals are not thrilled with Rasmus, they are apparently not willing to give up on him yet.
The 24-year-old Rasmus is currently hitting .241 with nine home runs and 36 RBI. His development hasn’t gone as planned and a change of scenery could do wonders for him. Last season he appeared on the verge of a breakout after hitting .276 with 23 home runs and 66 RBI. That breakout hasn’t happened.
Rasmus has reportedly clashed with Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and has requested a trade in the past. That request irked some in the team’s clubhouse, including Albert Pujols. Though Rasmus later denied the reports that he requested a trade, it was a bad cover. He had clearly done so.
If the Cardinals really thought they had a chance to win a World Series this year, they’d probably be willing to part with Rasmus in order to strengthen their rotation. A swap of Rasmus to the Rays for B.J. Upton and a young starting pitcher has been rumored for almost two months. But that appears unlikely at this point, unless Mozeliak gets bowled over by an offer at some point in the next few weeks.