The St. Louis Cardinals today took part in a three team trade that sent young center fielder Colby Rasmus out of the NL Central. The Cardinals ended up getting Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, and Corey Patterson in return for Rasmus, Trever Miller, Brian Tallet, and P.J. Walters.
In the short term, the Cardinals upgraded their team, adding two good bullpen options (Rzepczynski from the left side, Dotel from the right side) in exchange for a struggling left hander in Tallet, and an aging left hander in Miller. They also added Edwin Jackson, who is having a good year on the mound, with a 3.92 ERA in 121.2 innings.
In the long term, the Cardinals trade a very talented center fielder, mostly due to a feud between Rasmus and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. Rasmus is having a bit of a down year this year, but hit for a .276/.361/.498 line with 23 homers as a 23 year old in 2010, while playing great defense in center field....
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