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Pujols blasts Rasmus

In the wake of Colby Rasmus' pouty request that he be traded away from manager Tony La Russa and the Cardinals, this is what Albert Pujols had to say about the situation, as relayed through Yahoo Sports columnist Jeff 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,” Pujols said. “That’s a reality.

“That’ll show you right there a young player that doesn’t respect what he’s got,” Pujols continued. “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.”

Well said, Mr. Pujols. I hope the Cardinals can deal Rasmus for a second baseman or a shortstop, or perhaps an impact pitcher. Then they can let Skip Schumaker and Jon Jay compete for centerfield and find a new Ryan Ludwick to play right field and bat fifth.