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Cardinals trade Marc Rzepczynski to Indians

Jul 30, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Marc Rzepczynski was demoted back to Triple-A after a 48-hour stay with the Cardinals and now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the left-hander will be traded to the Indians.

Rzepczynski was a big part of the Cardinals’ bullpen after they acquired him from the Blue Jays in mid-2011, but he fell out of favor last season and has spent most of this year in the minors.

No word yet on what the Cardinals are getting in return, but it’s unlikely to be more than a low-level prospect.

UPDATE: It’s now official and St. Louis gets minor league infielder Juan Herrera in return. He’s a 20-year-old playing at low Single-A, but has shown some on-base skills and plays shortstop.

  1. gibbyfan - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    cards dont make a lot of bad trades but trding C Rasmus didnt work out too well….

    • paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Eh, he sucked last year, and until this year Jon Jay has been a far better player. Rasmus’ performance this year is due to random BABIP variation, and he’s getting expensive. Considering Jackson’s, Scrabble’s, and Dotel’s contributions to winning the 2011 WS, it sure didn’t work out poorly.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        The Cardinals essentially traded Rasmus for Juan Herrara plus a chance to play in the World Series. Even up, it was a bad deal; however, the World Series win made it worthwhile for St. Louis.

      • paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Not really, the Cardinals also got 2 comp picks when Dotel and Jackson left, who turned into a Wisdom and Bean (a 3B and C), each of which has some promise….and Rasmus was horrible for the 1.5 years in Toronto. The Cardinals cleared roster space, had a more productive CFer to play, got pitching from 3 different guys, have 3 guys in the minors, and probably some stuff I am forgetting. Even if they didn’t win a WS, this wasn’t a bad deal. Rasmus still looks like the exact same guy he was the last 2 years, but random variation has made him productive this year.

      • jwbiii - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        But Rasmus will hit that triple, double, single, that smooth home run.
        He’s like a fire burning in the outfield.

      • paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        You are going to make my ears start to bleed again. Please stop.

      • Mark - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        For what it’s worse Rasmus hasn’t been as awful as his numbers make him seem. He was doing well in STL (110 wRC+) before he was traded to Toronto and was injured part of the time. He had an 800 OPS for the first half of last year and then did his second half swoon.

        There was a story about how Rasmus cut down on the extra BP and other work he did which led to him tiring and having poor second half’s. Whether that story is any better than the Best Shape of His life spring training stories, I don’t know. But he has been pretty good this year in the second half…

    • rockymountainoysters - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      You’re right, they only got one world series championship out of it

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      gibby, are you day drinking?

    • cohnjusack - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      cards dont make a lot of bad trades but trding C Rasmus didnt work out too well

      I’m confused….they traded Rasmus with the intention of acquiring players to get to the postseason and then won the World Series. Even if Rasmus was hitting .400 and 100 home runs right now, that trade still would have worked out just fine since they got exactly what they were hoping to achieve with that trade.

      • tiggersarebouncy - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Come on now you’re talking sense which is shocking here because i don’t see many smart baseball people on this thing. As bad as the blosox Dice-K travesty was they at least got one world series with him.

      • tiggersarebouncy - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Even Curt “the Entrepreneur” Schilling helped the blosox to 2 rings, so the only people he ever really really fucked were the entire state of Rhode Island and whoever had to authenticate his magic marker sock!!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      I don’t know that I agree Bob. Personally, I was (and I still am) fine with parting with Colby.
      Jon Jay made that a possibility. And it’s worked out well in my opinion.

  2. paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Just getting him off the 40-man is worth the trade.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      BS old timer! Cheers!

  3. kicksave1980 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    @Gibbyfan- No matter how well Rasmus’ career unfolds, that was a trade that absolutely needed to happen, and it paved the way for the 2011 championship. Just getting Rasmus (and his dad) out of the organization made it a great trade, regardless of return. I hold no ill will towards the guy, and I really hope he drops the attitude and has a good career…but I’m so happy it won’t be in St. Louis. Plus, I’d rather have Jon Jay in CF anyway.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Seriously? You prefer John Jay and his 5 home runs, 39 RBI’s, .250 BA and .673 OPS over Rasmus with his 17 home runs, 52 RBI’s, .270 BA and .821 OPS???????? I am not a fan of WAR; however, I think that if you looked at WAR, Rasmus would be well ahead.

      • paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Are you stupid on purpose, or does it happen on accident? Would you care to review the performance of the respective players in 2011 and 2012 as well?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        What is happening now is more important than the past. Rasmus is hitting his prime. Jay is a rather pedestrian baseball player.

      • kicksave1980 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        ProudlyCanadian – Yeah, but baseball is more than hitting. How many runs have Rasmus’ 4 errors (so far) this season cost the Jays? He can be an adventure in the outfield because he has a tendency to be a little lazy. I never said that Rasmus was a bad player. But when he was a Cardinal, I got pretty tired of wondering what kind of mood he was going to be in every game.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        As I wrote, I am not a fan of WAR; however it is my understanding that based on WAR, only Trout ranks ahead of him among AL CF’s. As far as errors are concerned, they are subject to the discretion of the official scorer. I personally would not have given him an error on the ball that bounced over his head as he was unable to even touch it. The artificial surface caused that bounce.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        paper j lions, where are your manners? >:(

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        He is just being a grumpy old fart. He is probably constipated. I did look at the career and year by year stats for Jay and they are rather unimpressive.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        “Jay is a rather pedestrian baseball player.”

        I will take J.J.’s glove in CF over most CF currently playing in MLB.
        You are cherry picking this years stats.
        Wow P.C. You really do have the Rasmus crush huh?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        A minor difference of opinion.

  4. spudchukar - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    In the long run it wasn’t particularly meaningful, however, as indicated above the trio helped secure a championship, and Rasmus hasn’t been missed. Recently, he pulled an typical outfield indecision blunder that cost the Jays a game. I for one have no regrets with the trade.

  5. tiggersarebouncy - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    The Indians are making moves that will get them the division lead – woe unto the Miggy and the Pussycats!!

  6. gibbyfan - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Ok guys–you may have a point about the WS –hard to argue that —but who is to say they would not have won it without that trade.All that I’m saying is that right now Rasmus is a quality center fielder better than the lot of what they got—-and if he was still on the squad he would be playing center —I love Jay but Rasmus is better. But again, before yo attack me–I do concede that we cant assume the WS win without the traded players —So in that sense yo are correct —I should have phrased my thoughts a little differently.

    • kicksave1980 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Fair enough points. Really though, the trade was good for everyone involved. The Cards got some much needed bullpen help in the deal. Rasmus didn’t really want to be in St. Louis anymore, and from all accounts, his teammates were ready for him to leave as well. It seems like Jays fans are happy with him, and Cardinals fans are happy with his replacement in Jon Jay. Everyone wins in the end.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Another bluejay bust from the past, when it comes to pitchers this team doesn’t have a CLUE!! Stick a fork in them! And lets go for 10 games under tonight baby!

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