Here's the latest on the Colby Rasmus trade rumors and a thought I had about a possible trade scenario:
Word out of Atlanta is that the Braves are hot and heavy for Rasmus, an Alabama native with roots in Georgia. Bleacher report suggests that Atlanta GM Frank Wren ought to send hurler Mike Minor (4-4, 5.35 in 2010-11.) Pros: Minor's 23 and lefthanded. He's 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds and was ranked number 37 on Baseball America's 2011 pre-season list of top prospects. Cons: He's currently in the minors and he's still raw. He's got a ton of talent, but is he ready to help the Cardinals at the major league level now? While he would make the minor league system better and the future brighter, I don't know if he helps the Cardinals much in 2011.
Tampa Bay is said to be a favorite to land Rasmus and it is said that the Cardinals are interested in Jeremy Hellickson. He's only a year older than Minor, but he's got more major league innings under his belt and he's had better results: 12-7, 3.28 in 2010-11. He'd be a really nice addition to the back of the rotation in 2011, which would likely result in Kyle McClellan moving back to the bullpen. A win-win situation for two St. Louis trouble spots.
Here's my thought:
The Cardinals ought to look at Seattle as a trading partner. The Mariners' biggest need is "lefthanded pop" and that's something Colby is thought to offer. Meanwhile, the M's are rich with young pitching. Obviously, the Cardinals aren't going to get Felix Hernandez. So let's not get silly with the dreaming. But what about Jason Vargas (28 y/o lefty who is 6-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 18 starts. 107 hits in 121 innings, 81 strikeouts, 31 walks) or 6-foot-8 lefty Doug Fister (27 years old with a lousy 3-10 record but a 3.09 ERA. He's allowed 121 hits in 125 1/3 innings with 79 strikeouts and 26 walks)? Those are big upside guys who seem like a reasonable return for a low cost talent such as Rasmus.
The Mariners also have a couple of really intriguing bullpenners. Reliever David Pauley, a 28 y/o righty with a 5-3 record and a 1.91 ERA. He's allowed 32 hits in 47 innings and has struck out 29 while walking 14. Their lefty Aaron Laffy is 26 with a 1-1 record and a 1.87 ERA.