Rasmus Denies Making Trade Request

8:20pm: Rasmus denied making a trade request earlier this season, according to B.J. Rains of FoxSportsMidwest.com.

"I never did that,” said Rasmus following today's game. "I don’t know where that’s coming from. I just want to play baseball and have fun…I love being here. I love the fans. I’m moving forward and just trying to play hard and I’m happy we won today."

Tony La Russa also addressed the topic in today's post-game press conference.  The manager insisted that he doesn't have an issue with Rasmus and that he will see significant playing time down the stretch.

2:04pm: Pujols had even more to say on the matter, writes Passan.

“If he doesn’t want to be here next year, we need to figure out a way to get him out of here and find somebody that wants to be here and play,” said the nine-time All-Star. “That’s a reality.

“That’ll show you right there a young player that doesn’t respect what he’s got,” Pujols added. “He needs to find out the talent and ability that he has and pretty much keep his mouth shut and play the game. Let the organization make those decisions, not himself.”

1:55pm: First baseman Albert Pujols has weighed in on the situation, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter).

"We need to figure out a way to get him out of here," said the nine-time All-Star.

1:26pm: Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa confirmed that center fielder Colby Rasmus has requested a trade, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  However, La Russa declined to delve much deeper into the matter with reporters.

"What do you want me to say? Ask Colby. Just ask Colby," said the manager. "He can handle it however he wants to handle it. He's capable of explaining himself and what he was thinking at the time."

Despite La Russa's suggestion, Rasmus would not confirm his trade request before taking the field against the Reds this afternoon.  He also declined to say whether he hoped to remain with the club next season.  La Russa seems to think that the center fielder has had a change of heart.

"I think he's thinking probably the grass is not greener other places and that this is a good situation, a great organization, teammates, everything. That's what I think. You can ask him," said La Russa, who also said that the outfielder made a similar request in his rookie season.

Rasmus came to GM John Mozeliak with his request during the Cards' July 23-25 series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, according to a source familiar with the situation.  After the center fielder arrived late to the park, La Russa threatened to option him to Triple-A in a closed door meeting.  However, when talking to Rasmus, Mozeliak assured him that he would be staying put. 


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255 Comments on "Rasmus Denies Making Trade Request"


Alex Garcia
4 years 11 months ago

what the hell

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah really. Seriously, this is the last thing that the Cardinals need. They are having problems with the division already and now someone is requesting a trade? Come on Colby. you are what like 1 year removed from being a rookie and you are making demands? Seriously…

If this is the case, Albert might as well relocate.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah really. Seriously, this is the last thing that the Cardinals need. They are having problems with the division already and now someone is requesting a trade? Come on Colby. you are what like 1 year removed from being a rookie and you are making demands? Seriously…

If this is the case, Albert might as well relocate.

RedSox2219
4 years 11 months ago

Hey, Boston…kick the tires on this one.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

only if they find someone to also take drew.

other than that,who would be fair value in trade?

4 years 11 months ago

Ellsbury + good prospects

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

+good prospects? who exactly and no not westmoorland or Kelly.

Also I’m not sure that is fair value yes he does have tons more power but has a low average which might translate very poorly when coming to the AL East.

4 years 11 months ago

I don’t know if they would ever get fair value considering he wants out, and they might not want to sit with an unhappy guy. Rizzo, Britton, Pimentel, Kalish. Those are all good guys.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

Kalish now appears to be in their plans so that one would have to be a no.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

Kalish now appears to be in their plans so that one would have to be a no.

4 years 11 months ago

I don’t know if they would ever get fair value considering he wants out, and they might not want to sit with an unhappy guy. Rizzo, Britton, Pimentel, Kalish. Those are all good guys.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

+good prospects? who exactly and no not westmoorland or Kelly.

Also I’m not sure that is fair value yes he does have tons more power but has a low average which might translate very poorly when coming to the AL East.

4 years 11 months ago

hahahahhaa Jacoby Ellsbury wouldn’t even be fair value for Brett Gardner, let alone Colby Rasmus.

4 years 11 months ago

Indeed. I’m really not sure why this guy thinks Ellsbury is even worth 1/3 of Rasmus.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

the reason is that rasmus is only hitting like .260 now,move him to the AL East and that will likely drop to about .250 or lower. So drop his average and then you have to assume he might hit less HRs too. See how his value drops

4 years 11 months ago

If I was running the Red Sox right now I would rather have Gardner. I don’t think Rasmus is going to be what everyone thinks he’s going to be. To me it seems like he will be a Mark Reynolds type player who has a few good years but then his average drops tremendously because he strikes out so much. With how much Rasmus has struck out he shouldn’t even have the average that he has. The Cards wouldn’t want Ellsbury anyways with their financial issues because he’s going to be getting a good raise. The Cards have to worry about Pujols first.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

mark reynolds strikeout rate is no where close to Rasmus’ rate. reynolds strikes out almost 1/3 times…thats unworldly bad.

4 years 11 months ago

I know and understand that Reynolds strikes out a lot more. But the fact that Rasmus’ strikeout rate went from 20% last year to 32.7% this year can be a cause for concern. It may only go up but it may go back down, I don’t know. But IMO Gardner is more of a sure thing.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

he maybe more of a sure thing, but il take talent and upside over a “sure thing” any day everyday.

4 years 11 months ago

Well the thing is is that Garnder is already really good and will only get better so he has really good upside as well. Gardner is already all-star caliber and Rasmus isn’t. Rasmus may be in the future but I honestly think he won’t be as good as everyone thinks.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

why do you think gardner, already 27 years old and been in the league for 3 years, will get better but rasmus, a 23/24 year old, won’t? that doesn’t make any sense.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

why do you think gardner, already 27 years old and been in the league for 3 years, will get better but rasmus, a 23/24 year old, won’t? that doesn’t make any sense.

4 years 11 months ago

Well the thing is is that Garnder is already really good and will only get better so he has really good upside as well. Gardner is already all-star caliber and Rasmus isn’t. Rasmus may be in the future but I honestly think he won’t be as good as everyone thinks.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

he maybe more of a sure thing, but il take talent and upside over a “sure thing” any day everyday.

4 years 11 months ago

I know and understand that Reynolds strikes out a lot more. But the fact that Rasmus’ strikeout rate went from 20% last year to 32.7% this year can be a cause for concern. It may only go up but it may go back down, I don’t know. But IMO Gardner is more of a sure thing.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

mark reynolds strikeout rate is no where close to Rasmus’ rate. reynolds strikes out almost 1/3 times…thats unworldly bad.

4 years 11 months ago

If I was running the Red Sox right now I would rather have Gardner. I don’t think Rasmus is going to be what everyone thinks he’s going to be. To me it seems like he will be a Mark Reynolds type player who has a few good years but then his average drops tremendously because he strikes out so much. With how much Rasmus has struck out he shouldn’t even have the average that he has. The Cards wouldn’t want Ellsbury anyways with their financial issues because he’s going to be getting a good raise. The Cards have to worry about Pujols first.

RedSox2219
4 years 11 months ago

I’d keep J.D. if possible, he plays a great right field and only has one year left on his contract.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

well they wont be resigning him,so i believe it is better to get some value for him now while they are in retooling mode.

RedSox2219
4 years 11 months ago

Right now he’s a Type B and only 3 points shy of being a Type A so the value might be keeping him and offering arbitration?

4 years 11 months ago

Drew has said a couple times that he will most likely retire after the contract.

4 years 11 months ago

Drew has said a couple times that he will most likely retire after the contract.

RedSox2219
4 years 11 months ago

Right now he’s a Type B and only 3 points shy of being a Type A so the value might be keeping him and offering arbitration?

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

well they wont be resigning him,so i believe it is better to get some value for him now while they are in retooling mode.

RedSox2219
4 years 11 months ago

I’d keep J.D. if possible, he plays a great right field and only has one year left on his contract.

alan09
4 years 11 months ago

i think TLR should be traded not Rasmus!!!!

diehardmets
4 years 11 months ago

What exactly was Rasmus’s beef with TLR?

4 years 11 months ago

Pretty sure Rasmus uses his dad as his hitting coach, not McGuire. But also, TLR plays Jon Jay and Randy Winn over Rasmus regularly.

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

thats not it at all bro lol. Rasmus doesn’t want to be labeled as a “platoon” player and TLR has an infatuation using the “match-ups” which means Rasmus frequently gets platooned and loses playing time. He also manipulates his batting order far too much having him bat anywhere from 1-7, something else that can drive a player crazy.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Rasmus’ dad said:
“The first [thing Colby said] was that he really loved the way Mark McGwire was approaching helping him and that he thought Mark was going to be a big help for this team hitting wise. He said Mark wanted to learn his swing before making any adjustments rather than making wholesale changes like has been the usual pattern each spring. This was huge to Colby because he had really lost alot of faith in the hitting help he had received each year. Kudo’s to Mark.”

5_tool_MiLB_fool
4 years 11 months ago

the cardinals poor team chemistry is no joke. ive sat next their dugout at a game once and absolutely none of the players talk to each other. They go on minding their own businesses and it really seemed like everyone hated eachother. this was before colby rasmus existed too. This is definetely TLRs fault

4 years 11 months ago

Marcum+Stewart+Jimenez get it done? AA likes to target out of favor players. Move Wells to LF. Snider in RF, Colby in CF. Love it.

Sniderlover
4 years 11 months ago

I would TOTALLY do it!

But what do you do with Bautista? permanent 3rd base?

4 years 11 months ago

Yes

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

The last thing the Jays should be doing is trading prospects…Although I will say that Marcum and Jimenez without Stewart might get it done and would be smart.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

The last thing the Jays should be doing is trading prospects…Although I will say that Marcum and Jimenez without Stewart might get it done and would be smart.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

The last thing the Jays should be doing is trading prospects…Although I will say that Marcum and Jimenez without Stewart might get it done and would be smart.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

This is hysterical! Tony LaRussa, GM, club spokesperson. He really ought to STFU, pronto.

San Diego, pick up the phone, please! Mozeliak has to move him, now go and fleece the Cardinals before someone else does!

damnitsderek
4 years 11 months ago

Well, this is interesting.

4 years 11 months ago

If LaRussa walks, which I believe he will, I hope the White Sox at least kick the tires on him. Jerry Reinsdorf loves him, and with Ozzie and Kenny not getting along well, I think it would make sense to let Ozzie go to Florida, Atlanta, or LA and bring LaRussa back to the South Side.

4 years 11 months ago

You want Omar Visquel to play over Gordon Beckham? How about Cito Gaston – he’s gonna be available!

airohpue13
4 years 11 months ago

Cito is retiring.

4 years 11 months ago

It was a joke. I know he’s retiring because I’ll be celebrating that day. Finally, Snider and JP Arencibia get to play.

4 years 11 months ago

It was a joke. I know he’s retiring because I’ll be celebrating that day. Finally, Snider and JP Arencibia get to play.

airohpue13
4 years 11 months ago

Cito is retiring.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Isn’t it a little narcissistic to request a trade when you haven’t even finished your sophomre season?

Yanks48
4 years 11 months ago

but he wants more playing time. Hes doing solid too

MasterDave
4 years 11 months ago

It might be, if you weren’t a guy who was hitting very well and getting platooned because your manager is a genius and you’re just a kid.

You don’t make the $$ if you ride the pine 60 games a year. You get labeled as a platoon quality guy. I’d be mad too if i were labeled the next big deal in St. Louis and then got benched over Randy Frackin Winn.

Ethanator99
4 years 11 months ago

I think every team in baseball would like to add Rasmus. But I’d really love to see him get traded, then immediately get traded to the Reds.

alan09
4 years 11 months ago

the Cards are slumping badly & all management can do is point the finger??? maybe they should point the finger @ themselves not the players. If the cards don’t make the playoffs then…..John Mo, TLR, Dave Duncan, & the rest of the coaching staff should be fired!!!!

4 years 11 months ago

Not sure if it’s in jest or not but Jeff Passan to Keith Law:
“Second inning, Rasmus failed to move runner over to third with nobody out. He might not play the rest of the year. “

lawrence267
4 years 11 months ago

maybe the Royals can trade one of their promising pitchers

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

No. They should not do that at all.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

No. They should not do that at all.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

No. They should not do that at all.

4 years 11 months ago

Albert Pujols says of Colby Rasmus: “We need to figure a way to get him out of here.” Rest of the story should be up soon on Yahoo! Sports.

WOW.

$1639238
4 years 11 months ago

That would be a WOW if I in anyway believed that was true. Which, for the record, I don’t.

4 years 11 months ago

Excuse me? Read the QUOTES. You think Jeff Passan just made that up?

$1639238
4 years 11 months ago

I posted that before I read the quotes, made assumption based on knowing nothing about you that you got them for a stupid source and made my post, thus making me a huge a-hole. Comment withdrawn.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

Nice, Albert! Way to throw your teammate under the bus!

airohpue13
4 years 11 months ago

Didn’t rasmus throw his team under the bus first?

$1639238
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t recall Colby making any negative public comments about the team. Ever.

$1639238
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t recall Colby making any negative public comments about the team. Ever.

airohpue13
4 years 11 months ago

Didn’t rasmus throw his team under the bus first?

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

i wonder what sort of haul rasmus could bring…. gotta be something pretty huge for a cost controlled centerfielder who can OPS around .900 with good defense. those don’t grow on trees

4 years 11 months ago

Cancel

Yanks48
4 years 11 months ago

What is Pujols thinking!? Besides Holliday and himself, Ramus is the only Card with over 10 home runs!

4 years 11 months ago

“He should pretty much keep his mouth shut and play the game.”

Pujols says you’re gone, you’re gone!

4 years 11 months ago

Seeing as your a Yankee fan I see why you are missing the point. Pujols is not just looking at this from a stats standpoint. Colby Rasmus is not happy there at all. When you have a player in your clubhouse that doesn’t even want to play for you, it greatly affects the team.

As a player I would want him gone for him to be happier and so my team can move on.

Yanks48
4 years 11 months ago

Umm, lets see. Rasmus is not happy cause hes not seeing as much playing time. Hes getting bench when he is doing good. He is only 24 and his best years are still ahead of him. He will help with the future of the Cards. He got beef with TLR, not Pujols. And me being a yankee fan automatically makes you think im stupid?
What kind of team leader does that? he should talk to Colby instead of saying gtfo

$1639238
4 years 11 months ago

Agreed, lifelong Cardinal fan here who thinks rooting for the Yankees is sort of like rooting for the evil, rich supervillian in the movies, yet I still fully agree with your quote. Rasmus has a right to be pissed for being benched time and time again for Randy Winn. And that is pretty f-ing classless of Albert.

4 years 11 months ago

I disagree with wanting to get rid of Rasmus, but the guy asked to be traded, and I could totally uderstand why he would be mad. I don’t think its classless, but I do think it should be handled in private.

4 years 11 months ago

I disagree with wanting to get rid of Rasmus, but the guy asked to be traded, and I could totally uderstand why he would be mad. I don’t think its classless, but I do think it should be handled in private.

4 years 11 months ago

Albert… You already lost Ryan Ludwick and you want to lose Rasmus? You may be MVP, but two great hitters surrounded by 6 replacement level ones is not a recipe for success.

4 years 11 months ago

As a Giants fan I can 100% say that you are correct. I’m just going to go weep in the corner now.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

Now that’s funny! Thanks Shane.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

Now that’s funny! Thanks Shane.

4 years 11 months ago

As a Giants fan I can 100% say that you are correct. I’m just going to go weep in the corner now.

4 years 11 months ago

Lets Try this again, I really think it is time that Laloser should be fired
Also It seems that Puljos is drinking the same Glen Beck Poison wine as LaLoser is
I think we are going to be seeing the rapid decline of Puljos coming in the next 2 years,

RBomb2844
4 years 11 months ago

Tony LaRussa is one of the greatest managers of all time. If a rookie, after being handed the center field starting role at such a young age, came and asked for a trade I would be mad too. Colby should just shut up and be lucky he is in the position he is in. Do you know how many other guys on other clubs don’t even have the opportunity he has? It is part of the game. Maybe you should lay off the kool-aid.

alan09
4 years 11 months ago

maybe he is talking about getting TLR out here??? personally i wouldn’t trade Rasmus no matter what i was offered!!

4 years 11 months ago

Yes.. I’m sure when he says that a young player should shut his mouth, he’s talking about TLR. Um?

4 years 11 months ago

I hate the untouchable label. No one is untouchable. I mean if the Red Sox offered you Pedroia, Lester, and Buchholz for Rasmus you wouldn’t do it? Or if the Yankees offered Sabathia, Cano, and Teixeira? I know those are outrageous trades and the Sox and Yanks would never do it but when people say I wouldn’t trade this player for anything it’s kinda ridiculous.