Earlier today, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed that Colby Rasmus requested a trade earlier this season. While La Russa seems confident that Rasmus' desire to be relocated has since cooled off, the 24-year-old was reluctant to address the story and would not say whether he wanted to return to St. Louis in 2011. This also isn't the first time that the talented center fielder has asked for a one-way ticket out of town: La Russa acknowledged that Rasmus requested a trade in his rookie year last season.
With what appears to be a serious rift, one would imagine that the Cards would look to deal their unhappy outfielder. However, GM John Mozeliak is obviously less-than-thrilled about the prospect of parting with a 24-year-old star in the making. Rasmus has followed up a strong 2009 debut with an even better 2010. In 117 games, the left-handed hitter has a slash line of .264/.349/.495 with 19 homers. While his -7.0 UZR/150 this season doesn't impress, his 13.5 UZR/150 from his rookie campaign shows that he is capable of playing better in the field.
There's no question that Rasmus would yield a strong return for the Cardinals, but St. Louis would obviously prefer to keep the burgeoning hitter. With his dissatisfaction now public, it may not be advantageous for the Cardinals to move him this offseason. Albert Pujols says he should go, Tony La Russa won't say much, but we want to know what you have to say.
If you were in the position of GM John Mozeliak, would you trade Rasmus this offseason?