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Edwin Jackson traded to Blue Jays, but will they swap him to Cardinals for Colby Rasmus?

Jul 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Sure enough, Jackson appears headed to St. Louis for Rasmus.


The deal sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart is official, with Jackson learning of his fate after entering the White Sox clubhouse moments ago.

However, according to Ken Rosenthal of and various other sources the trade may actually be expanding to include the Cardinals, with Jackson heading to St. Louis and Colby Rasmus ending up in Toronto.

Rasmus leaving the Cardinals is expected at this point, but Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos somehow getting a 24-year-old center fielder with huge upside in a deal that essentially has him parting with a good but not great 33-year-old reliever (Frasor) and a mid-level prospect (Stewart) would be an amazing move.

So good, in fact, that it’s tough to imagine Anthopoulos being able to pull it off without sending another prospect or something else of decent value to St. Louis. For now Jackson is Blue Jays property, but it sure looks like he’s not long for Toronto.

  1. salvomania - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Edwin Jackson?

    This is ridiculous.

    Right now rookie righthander Lance Lynn is a better rotation option going forward than is Jackson, and he is under team control through 2016.

    Why take on an expensive, mediocre, inconsistent rent-a-pitcher for a 24-year-old top-10 centerfielder who is also under team control through 2014?

    Who the hell is running the Cardinals??!!??

    • skids003 - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      They are probably including Rasmus’ father in the deal.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    The fun begins, but how good is is Rasmus when he is not feuding with his manager..

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      When AA does a trade there can be many moving parts. I wonder if Rasmus would be flipped to Colorado for a certain starting pitcher.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Whatever becomes of this, A.A.’s greatest move will always be Vernon Wells for Mike Napoli. I don’t know how he pulled that miracle.

    • kopy - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      The devil went up to Toronto, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal.
      He was in a bind, cuz he was way behind – he was willin’ to make a deal.

  4. bluandgold - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM


    You echo a lot of peoples feelings here in stl. Edwin Jackson just can’t seem to figure it out and while Dave Duncan can now give it a shot there is nothing that can justify this deal if it happens. That being said, I would still like to see what else we can bring in to make the deal look a little better.

  5. davebrownspiral - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Maybe in addition to Jackson, Toronto adds Travis Snider to the deal

    • trevorb06 - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      Why would they trade a talented, coachable, young OFer for the same thing minus being coachable?

      • davebrownspiral - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        Not saying Snider isn’t talented (he may put up big numbers some day), however, Snider has not come close to apporaching the type of seasons Rasmus has put up. In fact, Snider has been rather dissapointing thus far in his major league career. Plus Rasmus plays CF, a premium position. Do you think the Cardinals are just going to hand over Rasmus for Edwin Jackson and some mid-level prospect? If that was the case every team in baseball would be making a play for Rasmus right now, not just Toronto.

  6. trevorb06 - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    If I were running the Cardinals I’d still option Rasmus down to the minors. How far? Well that depends on how bad his demeanor is. Young players get sent down to the minors to learn or re-learn various things (see Snider, Travis) so why not send Rasmus down to the minors to learn respect for the coaching staff? If this were any other job beside baseball Rasmus would be hitting the unemployment lines right now.

    • paperlions - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      ….and in making such moves, you would not be running anything for very long. In addition, Rasmus may not have any options left.

      • trevorb06 - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        I disagree. This would be a perfect calling for a demotion. He needs to learn respect so he can re-learnt he fundamentals of baseball again. If he has options left (which I believe he does) they ought to use them.

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