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Cardinals playing hard to get about Rasmus

The Cardinals are apparently playing hard to get with other clubs over Colby Rasmus.

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Birds aren't shopping the enigmatic centerfielder who manager Tony La Russa plans to park on the bench tonight for the fifth time in the last eight games. But they're telling clubs that they're willing to listen to all offers that could help make St. Louis stronger.

Sounds to me like the team isn't getting the sort of bids for Rasmus that GM John Mozeliak might have hoped to get. So they're working not to appear desperate.

Unfortunately for the club, the situation couldn't be much worse. The time to deal Rasmus is now -- before he reaches arbitration and his salary increases exponentially. But he's mired in the middle of a two-month-long slump that tarnished his reputation as a can't miss prospect.