In his weekly live chat on STLtoday.com, Post-Dispatch baseball
writer Joe Strauss confirmed that several teams are interested in
pursuing Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Here is Strauss' response to a reader's question about the
potential for the Cardinals to make an "impact trade" this
"Like most clubs, the Cardinals are unlikely to make a
significant trade during the postseason. Such moves are generally
discouraged by MLB at this time and clubs are typically still
formulating their postseason blueprint. However, a number of rivals
this year's clubhouse rub are prepared to make a strong push
for Colby Rasmus this winter.
"GM John Mozeliak insists he is
reluctant to part with Rasmus. But despite public comments by both
parties, manager Tony La Russa's return could resurrect the issue
within the organization.
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"The Atlanta Braves, who possess a bunch of young talent including
closer-in-waiting Craig Kimbrell, have strong interest in Rasmus.
The Toronto Blue Jays are also intrigued. In other words, the
Cardinals will have ample opportunity to turn down trade offers on
Rasmus in upcoming weeks and months. Given the team's inability to
deal Pujols, Lohse, Holliday and Carpenter due to contractual
language and their refusal to deal young arms such as Wainwright
and Garcia, Rasmus represents the leading option for an "impact"
"The Arizona Diamondbacks ranked
6th, 9th and 14th in production at the three OF positions and also
have interest in Rasmus. In a rebuilding mode, the Diamondbacks
feature the middle infield of Stephen Drew and Kelly Johnson. Drew
is second-time arbitration-eligible and a Boras client. Johnson is
a free agent after next season and would likely be part of an
expanded deal for Rasmus.
"Rasmus' low salary ($418,000) also makes him a trading chip for a
small-market club that could fill another pressing need.
"For a variety of reasons, Rasmus will almost certainly be in
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