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Braves like Rasmus, but they don't believe he is available

The Braves would love to have Colby Rasmus -- and they'd be willing to give up a lot of young talent to get him, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But writer David O'Brien doesn't think the Cardinals will ultimately be willing to part with him.

O'Brien writes:

...the Braves would love to have Rasmus and tried to trade for him in the past, and the Cardinals’ Rasmus and Tony La Russa don’t have the greatest player-manager relationship. However, the Cardinals also know that Rasmus can be an affordable and extremely productive player for several more years, long after La Russa is gone. And for a team that needs to save money at a few spots so it can spend big money at others (i.e. Albert Pujols), that’s no small consideration. If the Cardinals trade Rasmus, who led all major league center fielders with an .859 OPS in 2010, it’ll be for a bounty of young talent, which from the Braves would surely need to include at least one young pitcher and/or top pitching prospect.

That could happen. But it seems more likely that the Cardinals won’t trade him.