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Worst Trade Ever! Cardinals Send Colby Rasmus to Toronto for Spare Parts

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Ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to see what an incompetent sports organization looks like, I have an outstanding example for you right here in St. Louis. 

The Cardinals today have agreed to trade away Colby Rasmus, their young center fielder, who has multiple years of club control left and an .850 OPS season already under his belt at the age of 24, to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with a bunch of other crap nobody wants, in return for a bunch of other crap no one in their right minds would want. 

This is, without a doubt, one of the stupidest, most asinine moves I've ever seen a professional sports organization make -- though at this point I honestly think calling anything about this team 'professional' is an enormous stretch. What small shred of respect I still had for the front office just evaporated. 

Here's the breakdown: 

Cards give Colby Rasmus, Brian Tallet, Trever Miller, P.J. Walters

Cards get Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, and Corey Patterson

Now, you might be tempted to think this is just a big joke. After all, there's no way John Mozeliak would really be foolish enough to deal away his incredibly talented young center fielder for a package of players which features, as its absolute best component, Edwin Jackson. After all, Edwin Jackson is an okay, but not great, starter. He's a free agent after this year. And the rest of the package is just asinine. This is trading away long-term success for the worst kind of short-term fix. 

I thought it was stupid when the Cards brought in Ryan Theriot. Now they've gone and one-upped themselves by bringing in one of the few players who could possibly be even more of a paragon of ex-Cubdom in Corey Patterson. Corey Patterson is 31 years old and has compiled a 0.6 WAR this season. He's walked in less than 5% of his plate appearances. You think Tony La Russa couldn't get along with Colby? Just wait until he has to deal with the idiot man-child that is Corey F. Patterson. 

Oh, and since Jon Jay is now the anointed one, what happens when his luck-driven batting average comes down, and you're left with a player who walks in just about 6% of his plate appearances, does not hit for power, and plays a marginal center field? Well, I'll tell you what happens. You play him every day, since that's what you wanted, and you wish like hell he was your fourth outfielder again. Oh, and maybe still celebrate because he Plays The Game The Right Way, even though in this case The Right Way means he's smart and gritty and not nearly good enough to start for a first-division team. 

I've defended John Mozeliak for a long time, because I've believed from the beginning that his hands were tied by the presence of a Hall of Fame manager given carte blanche to stay as long as he wants. Well, I'm done. John Mozeliak is a terrible GM who makes terrible trades, and I have no problem saying it. 

The insane manager needs to go, and the incompetent general manager needs to go right along with him. This organisation is fatally dysfunctional, and I've had my fill of it. This abject stupidity just needs to stop. 

So congratulations to everyone involved in this deal. Congratulations to Tony La Russa, who managed to run yet another player out of town but will somehow never be asked to stand accountable for it. Congratulations to John Mozeliak, who made this team marginally better at the back of the rotation and in the bullpen by trading away what should have been a franchise cornerstone, rather than a throwaway. And congratulations to Colby Rasmus, who gets the only half-sincere congrats of the bunch. He'll finally get a chance to play somewhere other than the apparent hellhole that is a St. Louis clubhouse, but is still hauling his lack of confidence, self-esteem, and a stage parent who just won't go away behind him. Brilliant show, all of you. 

I would never root for the Cardinals to fail. I've been a fan of this team since I was old enough to understand the sport. So I will never actively hope my team fails. Unfortunately, I don't have to root for them to fail. They seem blindly intent on doing that themselves without any encouragement from outside sources whatsoever. And frankly, it makes me sick. 

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NMAX314
NMAX314

HAHAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! So was this horses ass fired? No way they would let him keep writing about baseball after this crap, right??? HILARIOUS!!!!!!! What a jackoff, dipshit loser!!!!!! Talk about putting your foot in your mouth!!!! HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt Scheaffer
Matt Scheaffer

So we traded a career .250 hitter who can't play defense or steal for the pieces we needed to win another championship. Do you want to revise this maybe? Perhaps you should not write about baseball. You are clueless.

Boyle
Boyle

Dude in retrospect you look like a complete idiot. Maybe you should start writing about subjects you know something about because it ain't baseball.

Keeponsmilin29
Keeponsmilin29

what do you think now? World series which those jays pitchers played a HUGE part and colby still batting in the 170,s

John121
John121

Good job dumbass! this trade helped the cardinals win a world series, while Rasmus hit under .200 before getting injured. think before you write such a stupid fucking article

Zach
Zach

Hahahahaha who's the moron now?? No wonder you only write blogs for the RFT. Hahaha

Brian May
Brian May

Turns out Mo' was right, and Colby's daddy was wrong.  Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but there were many who defended this trade, myself included. I hope this author feels like a complete fool once he realized this turned out to be the MLB trade of the season. The author of this article was right about one thing: Jon Jay's "luck-driven" batting average did go down, just as Matt Holliday's and Lance Berkman's .400+ averages did. Now for the article highlights...

"If you would like to see what an incompetent sports organization looks like, I have an outstanding example for you right here in St. Louis."

"The insane manager needs to go, and the incompetent general manager needs to go right along with him. This organisation is fatally dysfunctional..."

"They seem blindly intent on [failing]."

Max
Max

Aaron, you are a complete blithering idiot and you should never be allowed to voice any baseball opinion ever again. Move to Chicago loser. Suck it!!! Lol!!!!

George
George

I'll admit I wasn't crazy about the trade, but it sure is nice to rub the end result in the face of the idiots that over reacted at the time.  Cards are champs and Aaron Schafer is a DUMBA$$.

Gdfthr013
Gdfthr013

Haha Aaron Schafer - you're an idiot and should never be allowed to write about baseball again!!

Mc436a
Mc436a

Your a f****ng moron. Colby rasmus had a 173 average and 13 rbi's with tononto. Wow that was bad move!!

DanielDGJ
DanielDGJ

OK, Aaron Shafer, if you have the least bit of credibility, it's time for you to publish the following three words regarding your analysis of the Colby Rasmus trade: "I was wrong." Wrong on all counts. Time to admit it.

Lisalaw53
Lisalaw53

Don't you owe someone "I am sorry for my stupid comments and my lack of ability to judge talent" comment.  Sad thing is, you probably still think you are right.  Hope you enjoyed the games as much as true fans did.  Maybe you would be better off just sitting in your recliner and pretend to understand the game.

Cbcurn
Cbcurn

Do you still thinks so?  Cards got Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel,

Spencek
Spencek

Hey Schafer, you still getting a paycheck?

Danieldgj
Danieldgj

Well, here we are with the Cardinals in the World Series, and time has proven that Aaron Schafer had no idea what he was talking about when he wrote this column.

Trex72724
Trex72724

Colby will be missed. He did have some problems but the last 2 years have been Pujols worst also. Wait till Colby turns 25/26 and gets use to American League pitching. Colby put a curse on the Cards. They can't even beat Huston worst record in baseball.   Go Rasmus. Dad back off he is not in High School anymore!!!

keaggy1
keaggy1

Such a bad trade look at that amazing 192 batting average and yet he still rips on stl what a terrible baseball player all around . Glad Colby is gone.

Jon Runyan
Jon Runyan

This writer is so an idiot. You could criticize the Westbrook-Ludwick deal more than you can this one. Rasmus ignored coaching in St. Louis and he didn't play up to par there. He was in the draft class of Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce, and Andrew McCutchen, two out of those three have multi-year deals and have superstar status and Rasmus was valued higher than those!!!! His average, RBI total, and HR dropped in three years. I understand a sophomore slump, but really? This writer needs to stop Rasmus loving and start writing real, un-biased stories.

Big_chappy61
Big_chappy61

Dude, you hit the nail right on the head. Hey I got a great idea, let's trade Pujols for some more worthless relief pitchers and maybe throw Holliday in for good measure!  Bring back Whitey ball and trade Larussa!

MoRider
MoRider

Nowhere near the "Worst Trade Ever!" This will wind up being a wash, at best (or worst, depending on your perspective), and, granted it's a small sample size, the early returns indicate the Cardinals got the better end of the deal.  Jackson looked good in his first start and the bullpen help has been solid so far.  And looking up north we see Rasmus is hitting a "robust" .100 with an OPS south of .300.  His numbers will no doubt improve, but let's say he continues on as a sub-.250 hitter (and sub-.750 OPS) in the coming years that rarely utilizes his speed and displays only slightly above average defense and arm strength, Jackson, Dotel, et al will really have to stink the joint up for this to be considered a "bad trade."

Cards680
Cards680

The cards have plenty of big mid lineup hitters. What they don't have is a good 5th starter or a good bullpen. This was definitely not a bad trade

Dehired
Dehired

Colby was not a clubhouse cancer, only a TLR cancer. He was well liked by his teammates,but not the coaching staff. People talk like it is un-american for him to ask his dad for help. His dad was his first coach and the one person who understands and attempts to help him instead of constantly degrading him in front of his peers and in the press. The fact is TLR hates any player who isn't docile and dares to challenge his little fiefdom. There is hardly a year goes by that some player isn't driven out of town by TLR and the Cardinals get very little in return. As long as TLR remains the manager, the Cardinals will find it increasingly difficult to obtain young players. If you were a top prospect and the Cardinals drafted you, wouldn't you pass and wait for next year? But what this trade indicates is that  the Cardinals are willing to trade long term propects for short term gain. Could this be because Pujols won't be here next year and Mo knows it is now or never? This trade is a good indicator that the Cardinals have little or no hope of signing Pujols. If the Cardinals really planned on signing Pujols for 27 mil a year, wouldn't they need to keep the cheap players like Rasmus at .5 mil. Makes you wonder, is Pujols 54 times better than Rasmus?

Cardinals Rule
Cardinals Rule

10 World Series Wins does not = incompetent.  Colby is a chronic under-achiever.  J.D. Drew, Todd Zeile and the Benes brothers wrapped up into one.  Good riddance.  

Klasjklsgf
Klasjklsgf

So when will Alex Anthopoulos go on the lecture circuit to teach GMs how to deal?

Susan McMurray
Susan McMurray

I don't always agree with you but this is spot on.

Alex A
Alex A

All these kool-aid drinkig Cardinals fans who think this was a good trade are idiots. The author of the blog didn't say that Colby shouldn't be traded. He just said they should have gotten more for him. If you disagree with that, then there's really no helping you. I mean, this guy was recently considered one of the top-5 prospects in all of baseball - two years running.

That said, I do think that Scrabble will become a very effective starter in the NL. He has the ability to miss bats, and he'll be going up against far less talented line-ups now that he's out of the NL East. I hope he turns into a decent starter for St Louis, otherwise there's a good chance this will go down as one of the worst trades in baseball. Ever. If Scrabble can become a #3 starter, then it's probably just the worst trade of the year.

Also, how about that Jon Jay in center field? Man, can he ever make great throws to the plate...

TRUE
TRUE

In Colby's 2011 he is slugging 68 points less from last year, his OBP is down 29 points, his OPS is down over 100 points and his batting average is down 30 points. 

All of the complainers are perfect examples of the sports world know-it-all culture we live in 2011. 

Nobody has a crystal ball and the cardinals are competitive enough every season to be a "win now" organization. Especially with the expiring contracts that loom this coming offseason. 

Rasmus was a mild cancer to the clubhouse and his father was the Ebola Virus. If they cant be happy playing for one of the most cherished, great franchises in the sport. Fine. Dump em' to Canada to play silly ball for a team that will NEVER win another world series. 

gerry forbes
gerry forbes

i thought he would hit for more power,30 hr,30 stolen bases.he didnt do it,for whatever reason,he didnt seem to work hard,nor want to be the star player he was thought to be,baseball america???tony la russssssa,lost his mind a long time ago,remember the all star game,when he was saving albert for extra innings????sure he was??????what a genuis,go bruins

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do you watch baseball?  Colby did more harm to the team then good.  He has tremendous potential but a horrible attitude.

Boris Sergei Tellmeov
Boris Sergei Tellmeov

Rzepczynski is a pretty good pitcher, with some upside, and a lefty. Dotel and Patterson?  AA stole a future superstar cause TLR is a head case

Thomas Gunn
Thomas Gunn

Coming from a Jays fan, you guys got two above average pitchers and a great bench player. Dotel still has a great arm for an older guy and could battle for the closing position. Rzep is a GREAT lefty who can start, but is most effective as a long reliever. Patterson has GREAT speed. Some power too -- so he is not the "deadbeat" the author of this article calls him out to be. This trade might blow up in the Jays' face if Rasmus can't be tamed and continue to be a douche -- or his Dad doesn't let the Jays GREAT hitting and fielding coaches do their job. Time will tell!

cvs
cvs

Colby is wasted talent, and worthless, good riddance.

Curtis Baron
Curtis Baron

You just got Silent Assasinated. Go Jays!

biohazard72
biohazard72

The author is right. It's a bad trade. Now, whether Rasmus was on his way out of not, they could have gotten more value than they received. They shouldn't have been in this scenario in the first place - TLR clearly helped create the divide and practically forced Rasmus out of town.

I'm frankly surprised how shortsighted some baseball fans can be. Braves fans still insist the Escobar trade worked out for them (if you're not aware, Escobar is a top 5 SS in the game, and Alex Gonzalez is a piece of shit). Judging by some of those comments, Cards fans may be the same.

GDM
GDM

fuck TLR, fuck Mo & fuck DeWitt for letting this fucked up asinine madness continue. this is beyond insanity, the Cards are the laughing stock of baseball, every GM knows Mo is a chump & can be bent over & fucked because of TLR. it's beyond embarrassing. i'm so sick of this shit. fuck them all. what a stupid fucking trade

nmstar
nmstar

Preach on, Brother Aaron. Tony and Mo must go. This deals reeks of pure incompetence.

Barkscorey
Barkscorey

U guys r such deuchebags. Colby f***ing sucks this year. 246 avg. He wanted to leave. So f him. Everyone bitched about bring ing berkman here and that worked out pretty f***ing good. Give it a chance b4 u shit on it. Larussa has the 2nd most wins as a coach than any other coach in history. He ain't perfect but clearly his ways have worked out pretty good.

Doncom-57
Doncom-57

Learn how to spell and maybe someday you will have some credibility.By the way Colby Rasmus has been nothing but a spare part for the Cardinals so far. A spare part that strikes out way too much and is very average in the field and he shows no signs of getting better..

timmay!!!!
timmay!!!!

Dotel and Scrabble have been solid, Jay has earned his keep, Jackson got the must win, win.  Now way in hell Rasmus provides that much support down the stretch and in this first series... game 5 NLDS day after tomorrow.  what say you now Rasmus fan boys?

Paul Cyopick
Paul Cyopick

What on earth does winning ten World Series have to do with this being the worst trade in baseball since Nolan Ryan was traded for Jim Fregosi?

Snider's Moustache
Snider's Moustache

Look at Colby's WAR and explain to me how useless he was.

Thank you

Alex A
Alex A

Have you watched any of the games this year? Or just read the stats sheets? Because Patterson is really, really, really bad. I thought he was bad on TV, then I saw him play in person... even worse.

Bob
Bob

Ah...it's 'you're'..

Boris Sergei Tellmeov
Boris Sergei Tellmeov

Rasmus is 24 with 2 1/2 years in the pros... hardly time to give up.  Escobar was a head case in Atlanta ... seems fine in Toronto... Even Bautista was rumored to be a problem .. seems to have worked out.  That's what happens in an organization that treats it's players with respect ... they play hard for you. 

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