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Rumor Mill: Colby Rasmus

Just because Cardinals GM John Mozeliak keeps saying that he won't trade Colby Rasmus doesn't mean that leaders of other teams believe him.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted today: "STL GM John Mozeliak has insisted repeatedly he's not moving Colby Rasmus before the deadline. Some rival executives think he would."

I think Mozeliak's position is obvious: He's not going to give Rasmus away for nothing. So he says he won't deal him and forces opposing GMs to make their best offer. If he doesn't deal the enigmatic outfielder, he's a man of his word. If he does trade him, he can hold his head up high and say he was made an offer that he couldn't refuse.

While the relationship between Ramus and the club is fractured and his prospects in St. Louis have darkened considerably, the Redbirds can't afford to give away talent for less than market value. They have to have some useful but cheap players on the roster to offset the contracts of the big boys like Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and possibly Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman.