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Cardinals choose cash instead of players to complete July swap with Blue Jays

Dec 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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As part of July’s eight-player swap with the Blue Jays that was headlined by Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson the Cardinals received three players to be named later or cash considerations.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that St. Louis has opted for cash instead of players in all three instances, although the exact dollar amounts are undisclosed.

Obviously the players to be named later were never going to be much more than marginal prospects, but it’s still somewhat surprising to see a team choose money over multiple minor leaguers.

Perhaps the players/cash choice was tied in part to the Cardinals’ performance following the trade and winning the World Series meant they basically told the Blue Jays to forget about sending them anyone else. St. Louis certainly isn’t short on money after letting Albert Pujols walk.

Whatever the case, the final tally is Rasmus, Brian Tallet, Trever Miller, and P.J. Walters for Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, Corey Patterson, and cash.

  1. blueintown - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Just in time..

  2. cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Why is it that I feel that someone should have given someone else an autographed baseball in this deal?

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t know Aaron, they may just NEED the cash still. I mean the self proclaimed best fans in baseball could only sell out one game all regular season, the first one.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      6th in attendance. Ironically…just behind the Angles. Ouch!
      As for “self proclaimed”….NOT in the slightest Jonny.
      I know stating that makes you (and many others) feel better.
      But the truth of the matter is…this moniker was coined over a number of years ago by players and pundits alike. With this in mind…I can appreciate the “self proclaimed” aspect of it that I keep (falsely) hearing making the moniker a little less painful/annoying for others. Human nature.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        Of course “IT” makes me feel better duhhh. I root for Philly teams. Any bone you can throw me, I’ll gobble it right up. So keep on self proclaimin’ will ya?? Anyway, I make my own truth, mostly from rumors. (stuffs fingers in ears yelling La la la).

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Hahaha! I hear you Jonny. If I could give you TWO thumbs up I would.

    • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Johnny boy, let me tell you a secret. As players and coaches came in to Cinti from St. Louis, all we heard from them here is we want to build a team just like theirs. Why do you think the Reds went after Walt? The Reds thought that he was responsible for building that team, however the worst thing was that you can not tell the ball players they are really just like St. Louis. They know better, even when the president of the club and the announcers and the GM, said we will build another a club like them. We are constantly being fed here with “We had this thing (like St. Louis) back in the 70’s with the Big Red Machine”. We can do it again. I hate to admit it, but the magic never happened here, YET. The people have to show up for more games and the drive is to get over 3 Mil in attendance like a handful of other clubs. So the first job is to get the people here and build the same ferver for our team. that is a hard job, and NO one can just say it. It is really true (for some reason), and it is hard to duplicate it anywhere. Our fans need a winner to begin with. The Reds are not the only team to want this, but I can tell you it is an up hill battle to get there. In the 70’s, the Reds had it and let it slip away with poor management and poor play in the field. It does take winning first to start the “fan love” for the team. One can not deny this truth!

      • dcal4282 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        TL;DR

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Given that most of these players are now free agents, the net trade result was Rasmus for Zep. The pale hose also got Frasor as part of the 3 way deal and the Jays got Teahen

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      And a WS ring, let’s not forget that without that trade the Cards basically don’t make the playoffs.

      • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Probably true. Oddly enough, it was Dotel and Scrabble that were the biggest difference makers (at least on the post-season).

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        Oh yeah, with the way TLR relies on the pen, those guys were sorely needed. And they pitched very well for them down the stretch leading up to the playoffs.

    • 78mu - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      The net result may be Rasmus for Zep but Cardinal fans will have lifetime memories of watching Corey Patterson for two months. Try putting a price tag on that!

      How did they win the WS without him on the postseason roster?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Well said!

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        78: That’s exactly right. Simply priceless. Hahaha!

    • williebeaman - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      Actually, if any of the acquired players leave (Jackson, etc), then Cards get draft pick compensation. So not Zep at all. And the Cards traded for the player that Rasmus will become (Corey Patterson, maybe a bit better). The kid doesn’t work hard in the off season.

  5. snowbirdgothic - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    ALBERT! COME BACK! WE HAZ MORE MONEYS NAO!

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