A year ago today the Cardinals traded Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays in a deal that brought Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Corey Patterson and Octavio Dotel to the Redbirds -- and put the pieces in place that resulted in the 2011 World Series championship.
At the time there was a lot of moaning and groaning from not only the Colby is the Second Coming crowd -- but also the people who said John Mozeliak was a fool for trading such a sure thing superstar for a bunch of guys who were going to be free agents at the end of the season.
We all know that Jackson gave the frazzled St. Louis rotation a much-needed boost and Dotel and Rzepczynski settled the shaky Redbirds bullpen. Ultimately, I think there is indisputable truth that the Cardinals got the better of the deal because they got the hardware to prove it.
But, just for fun, let's take a peek at what the Birds lost in the deal:
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Colby Rasmus, since he's been with Toronto has a .224 batting average with a .283 on-base percentage and a .418 slugging percentage. He's struck out 122 times and walked 38.
In my mind, those numbers aren't half of the baggage that Rasmus brings.
He didn't accept coaching, going so far as to accuse the coaching staff of picking on him by trying to get him to play better. After he arrived in Toronto, Rasmus told the media that he didn't want to put in the work necessary to be a star, that he was basically content to just be a guy on the team (presumably who collected a huge paycheck for his mediocrity.)
In the meantime, over the last year Rasmus' replacement Jon Jay, proved the naysayers that said he was "no Colby" right. Well, sort of. It's pretty obvious there is no comparison between their statistics:
Jay's got a .297 batting average since the trade with a .344 on base percentage. Rasmus has out-homered Jay 20-10 in that span. But Jay is more of a top of the order guy who gets on base in front of the big guns than a power hitter. And he's 10 times the outfielder Rasmus ever was.
Bringing a championship is the ultimate decider in the evaluation of a trade. But, even if the Cardinals wouldn't have won the 2011 World Series, I'd still be glad that Rasmus is gone because he's got a lousy attitude, he doesn't give 50 percent, much less 100, and I think he's the most over-rated Redbird since Jim Lindeman.
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