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Cardinals GM: Rasmus will not be traded this offseason

Sep 16, 2010, 10:23 PM EDT

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak sent a message to Cardinals fans Thursday at Busch Stadium's "Social Media Night." That message? Colby Rasmus will not be traded this offseason. Rasmus asked for a trade earlier this season because a seemingly soured relationship with...

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak sent a message to Cardinals fans Thursday at Busch Stadium’s “Social Media Night.”  That message?  Colby Rasmus will not be traded this offseason.

Rasmus asked to be moved earlier this year because of a seemingly soured relationship with Cards manager Tony La Russa.  The two have since said that all is well, that their relationship is not tarnished, and that it doesn’t have to be a pick one of ‘em decision this winter. 

Mozeliak echoed that sentiment Thursday evening during a team-organized event for people involved with social media in the St. Louis area.  (All the Hardball Talk dudes are on Twitter, by the way). 

MLB.com’s Matthew Leach has the goods.

“A lot of times players, out of frustration or for whatever reason, may
go into a meeting and come out saying some things they may regret,”
Mozeliak said. “But a lot of times, you have to understand, these things
never get out there. In this particular case, it’s been festering for a
while. But I can assure you, Colby’s not going to be traded. I can also
assure you that some of the things he’s dealing with are typical
growing pains that young players go through.”

Mozeliak noted that Rasmus’ level of talent and upside could not be matched via a transaction.  He’s probably right about that.  In 408 at-bats this season, the 24-year-old Rasmus has posted a solid .861 OPS and 22 home runs while showing excellent range in center field.  It sounds like he will be in St. Louis at least through his arbitration years.

  1. Mrsteve - Sep 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Rasmus won’t be traded but LaRussa will drink more than 10 fratboys combined

  2. Paper Lions - Sep 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    The obvious thing that few in the media seem to mention is the source of information related to these alleged issues. Rasmus didn’t tell anyone, other players didn’t know, Moz didn’t tell anyone, that leaves one grumpy, control obsessed, micro-Manager (in the sense of needing to control every fine detail, not meaning that he is very very small). It is very strange that LaRussa leaks info to the local media and then Rasmus is criticized for saying things he didn’t say. I just hope that this is the end for LaRussa in StL.

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