Mozeliak: Rasmus Will Not Be Traded

Earlier tonight we learned that the Cardinals might increase their payroll in the future, but that's not the only bit of news to come out of the team's social media event. MLB.com's Matthew Leach reports that GM John Mozeliak said that center fielder Colby Rasmus will not be traded, despite the drama between him and manager Tony LaRussa. 

"A lot of times players, out of frustration or for whatever reason, may go into a meeting and come out saying some things they may regret," Mozeliak said. "But a lot of times, you have to understand, these things never get out there. In this particular case, it's been festering for a while. But I can assure you, Colby's not going to be traded. I can also assure you that some of the things he's dealing with are typical growing pains that young players go through. When I look at the talent he brings to the table, and when I think about how I could replace that, I realize that would be a very difficult task ahead."

Rasmus reportedly demanded a trade due to frustrations over playing time, but he later denied that report. The 24-year-old has started every game since that news broke, and is hitting .366/.426/.659 with three homers in 47 plate appearances during that time. Overall, he's hitting .274/.356/.511 with 22 homers on the season, and St. Louis still controls him for another four seasons after this one.

For what it's worth, 57.4% of more than 1,500 MLBTR readers recently said they would not trade Rasmus.


32 Responses to Mozeliak: Rasmus Will Not Be Traded Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    They shouldn’t trade him…But it sure would have been an extra fun off-season if he was on the block.

    • sdsuphilip 5 years ago

      Im sure you said the same thing about Kemp and Dodgers last year…

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        Why would the dodgers have traded kemp last season? He was coming off a great season.

        • TheodoreRoosevelt 5 years ago

          If you’re *going* to trade somebody, isn’t it best to trade them at the peak of their value?

          • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

            Only if it benefits the team. In what scenario last offseason would trading Matt Kemp have been beneficial to the Dodgers.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Actually I didn’t. I did think the Adrian Gonzalez would get traded last off-season though. But I wasn’t producing the chalk board scrating resemblence of Reddick, Kalish, Doubront, Bowden, and Lars Anderson proposals that made everyone crazy.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Actually I didn’t. I did think the Adrian Gonzalez would get traded last off-season though. But I wasn’t producing the chalk board scrating resemblence of Reddick, Kalish, Doubront, Bowden, and Lars Anderson proposals that made everyone crazy.

  2. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    Dammit. I wanted the Jays to get him.

    But a good decision by the Cardinals nonetheless.

  3. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Yeah. And Ferrariman your my proof…You have never heard me say anything about trading Kemp right?

  4. Shamboozle 5 years ago

    Dang.

  5. Well damn. The offseason would have been very interesting with Rasmus on the block.

  6. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I know I wanted the Jays to get him too!!!!

  7. Wanted Atlanta to get him… But good job by John Mo though

    • I think all Braves fans wanted us to get him. After years of having a shitty outfield, Rasmus and Heyward would have been a GREAT starting point.

      • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

        Any team would want Rasmus. I think the Braves need him more than any other team though.

  8. bucs_lose_again 5 years ago

    For what it’s worth, 42.6% of more than 1,500 MLBTR readers are idiots.

  9. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    exactly thank you. My man the STL Cards fan, Ferrariman!

  10. rayking 5 years ago

    Now Mo just needs to focus on less dumpster diving. Please have Randy Winn, Happy Pete and Aaron Miles clear out their lockers immediately.

    • InTheKZone 5 years ago

      While I agree, there weren’t many options mid season. However, Tyler Greene and Allen Craig should have been on the 25 man all season.

  11. Thank goodness. I love Colby.

  12. The_Porcupine 5 years ago

    The Cards would have been fools to trade him. Other than Holliday and Pujols, they don’t have anyone else on offense. Sure, he would have landed them several good prospects, but he’s on his way to be a stud.

  13. gocrazy 5 years ago

    I like this.

  14. Hermie13 5 years ago

    Doesn’t make me believe that he’s definitely not being traded. That last sentence left the door open (it would be difficult to replace him? Why not say impossible if you’re deadset on keeping him?).

    Don’t think he will be traded. But definitely believe his name will still come up in talks at the winter meetings.

  15. Hermie13 5 years ago

    Doesn’t make me believe that he’s definitely not being traded. That last sentence left the door open (it would be difficult to replace him? Why not say impossible if you’re deadset on keeping him?).

    Don’t think he will be traded. But definitely believe his name will still come up in talks at the winter meetings.

  16. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    ^This. GM’s say all kinds of things about what they’re going to do. Is LaRussa coming back? Once he’s had a feud with a player that player ends up gone. Let bygones be bygones doesn’t work with him. If Rasmus stays and LaRussa returns, Rasmus will live part of his Cardinal life in the doghouse-so they get better value by shipping him out.

    I think it’s just happy talk so Mozeliak can attempt to hold another team hostage.

    • Lanidrac 5 years ago

      All reports from the Cardinals indicate that there is no “feud.” The situation was blown way out of proportion. I could’ve told you Rasmus wouldn’t be traded shortly after the “story” (or lack thereof) first broke.

    • Lanidrac 5 years ago

      All reports from the Cardinals indicate that there is no “feud.” The situation was blown way out of proportion. I could’ve told you Rasmus wouldn’t be traded shortly after the “story” (or lack thereof) first broke.

  17. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    ^This. GM’s say all kinds of things about what they’re going to do. Is LaRussa coming back? Once he’s had a feud with a player that player ends up gone. Let bygones be bygones doesn’t work with him. If Rasmus stays and LaRussa returns, Rasmus will live part of his Cardinal life in the doghouse-so they get better value by shipping him out.

    I think it’s just happy talk so Mozeliak can attempt to hold another team hostage.

  18. The_BiRDS 5 years ago

    Ill put money Rasmus will still be on the block.. This was posted to settle Cardinal fans and or players for now due to this becoming a distraction…I love the Cardinals but Rasmus sure seems to be playing his way out of STL the past few weeks.

  19. Too bad I was hoping the braves would get him. I thought a trade of JJ for Colby would help both teams. I don’t blame the Cards for not trading him.

  20. nathanalext 5 years ago

    I can’t believe anything like this is even being considered.

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