jackky : St. Louis Deals Rasmus for Pitching

St. Louis Deals Rasmus for Pitching

13 Sep 2017 at 16:39
If there was ever a precursor to some trade, this was it, via Matthew Leach and Austin Laymance:Speaking to KSDK TV-5 in St. Louis, La Ru sa was largely complimentary of Rasmus 'till the end from the interview. He spoke of Rasmus bright future and said that the club isn't shopping Rasmus.At the finish, however, La Ru sa was asked whether Rasmus is listening and responded tartly.Well, hes hearing somebody, the manager said.Asked whether Rasmus is hearing the Cardinals coaches, he was more direct.No, he doesnt listen to the Cardinal coaches much now, and thats why he gets in these funks, in my opinion, La Ru sa said. If he'd just stay with [basically] what they teach, he'd have however i actually feel concern for him, because he hears it from a lot of places, hes got to be confused.Approximately 12 hours next piece hit MLB.com, the Cardinals sent Colby Rasmus packing to Toronto along with relievers Brian Tallet and Trever Miller and minor league stalwart P.J. Walters for any package centered around Edwin Jackson. The Blue Jays also sent relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski and center fielder Corey Patterson to St. Louis Brandon Copeland Jersey to complete the offer.Only last year, Colby Rasmus was certainly one of MLBs hottest young talents, playing what seemed to be a quality center field, hitting for power, and showing solid on-base skills. Through the first 100 games and change in 2011, its not too obvious that Rasmus is the super-stud we thought merely a last year. Rasmuss batting line is still well above average, with a 111 wRC+, however the .354 BABIP that drove his tremendous 2010 (.276/.361/.498, 129 wRC+) has returned to earth. Still, a good defensive center fielder producing 10% more offense than the league average is definitely a valuable commodity. However, since Rasmus posted a +10 UZR in his first MLB season, things havent looked so rosy through the defensive metrics. UZR has Rasmus as a -16 center fielder since the beginning from the 2010 season. DRS is not so convinced, rating him as exactly average. Of course, defensive metrics are hardly the end-all be-all of defensive analysis, but at the very least, questions have been raised and debate is warranted.Even with his relatively poor play at the plate and in the field, Rasmus is still on pace for about 2.2 WAR over 600 plate appearances, having a ton of upside and also at a comparatively inexpensive. The Cardinals are certainly giving up a major a set later on, but with they holding Andrew Turzilli Jersey a mere half-game lead in the NL Central division in Albert Pujolss final year before Taylor Decker Jersey free agency, the Cardinals are likely considering the short term a higher priority than the long term. Rasmus is a good player, to be certain, however in short term, his lo s doesnt nece sarily hurt the Cardinals, even before we consider the attitude problems and i sues with his father that drove this trade.The Cardinals will replace Rasmus with Jon Jay typically, with Skip Schumaker po sibly seeing a while back in his old home of center field as well. The trade might be just as much an endorsement of Jay over a renouncement of Rasmus for St. Louis; in Jays 612 MLB plate appearances, the 26-year-old has accumulated 3.3 WAR behind a .305/.361/.430 line and roughly average outfield defense split between your corners and center field. You will find questions with Jay Will his .352 BABIP endure? Will his glove play in center field? but the drop-off between him and Rasmus, a minimum of according to Rasmuss 2011 performance, shouldnt be too noticeable.The inclusion of Edwin Jackson a totally free agent after the growing season is a definite improvement over Kyle McClellan within the starting rotation. Jacksons current ERA of 3.92 is well above his FIP of 3.21, suggesting a po sible improvement coming, but at the same time, the 27-year-olds walk rate and residential run rate are very well below his career marks inside a sample of 121.2 innings. Dave Duncan is famed for his use starting pitchers, and that i doubt anybody could be too surprised if he worked some magic with Jackson. And even if Jackson regre ses to his ZiPS projection (4.32 ERA, 4.07 FIP) continues to be superior to exactly what the Cardinals can get from McClellan down the stretch. McClellan doesnt mi s bats and not even Duncans magic has managed to keep the ball around the block; his 4.59 FIP is barely better than replacement level.The additions of Rzepczynski and Dotel should bolster the Cardinals bullpen a little, and dumping Tallet and Miller (combined -0.8 WAR) shouldnt hurt. Judging by Tony La Ru sas typical bullpen usage, it wouldnt come as a surprise to see Rzepcynski utilized A'Shawn Robinson Jersey like a LOOGY, and Dotel adds another fireballer behind Jason Motte and Fernando Salas. Dotels career seems to be living off high strikeout totals against production, though a period of three.68 is hardly impre sive from a reliever these days, and his FIPs have been above 4.00 during the last two seasons. Rzepczynski happens to be an interesting long-term a set if the Cardinals attempt to turn him into a starter, but his results as a reliever (2.97 ERA, 3.34 FIP) or like a starter in Toronto (4.95 ERA, 4.47 FIP) dont suggest hed improve almost as much ast a starter using the Cardinals. He's only 25 though, with work the Cardinals could find a good thing in Rzepcynski.All-in-all, as long as Tony La Ru sa doesnt start doling out starts in center field to Corey Patterson (and extremely, you never know with that), the Cardinals shouldnt be any worse off for 2011 with this particular trade, and if Edwin Jacksons results begin to line up together Jarrad Davis Jersey with his peripherals from this season, they might improve. Long-term, with Jackson departing after the season and Colby Rasmus under team control for the following three years, the Cardinals appear to take a hit, but by design. As the aforementioned story presented, the Cardinals and Colby Rasmus just didnt appear to be in a position to reconcile their differences with both parties likely at fault and also at some point, GM John Mozeliak needed to cut his lo ses. The Cardinals managed to achieve this without weakening themselves noticeably within the short term, and with the insufficient leverage given Rasmuss situation, thats probably along with the Cardinals could do.

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