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Rumor Mill: Rasmus to White Sox

Several media sources including ESPN report that the Cardinals are talking with the White Sox about a deal that could send the embattled St. Louis centerfielder to Chicago for pitcher Edwin Jackson and a prospect or two.

Jackson, a pending free agent, is 6-7 with a 3.97 ERA this season for the Pale Hose. He's given up 129 hits in 113 2/3 innings pitched. He's giving up 1.427 baserunners per inning pitched. In short, he's a mediocre, middle of the rotation rental in exchange for an alleged five-tool player that the Cardinals insist is too valuable to trade.

I'd like to know who the prospect -- who sources say may have to come from another team -- is. He'd have to be pretty exciting for me to think that this was a good deal.

I was much more excited about rumors that the Birds might land Jeremy Hellickson or James Shields from the Rays. Those guys not only are better pitchers. They would be under team control into the future, so they'd offer a lot more value in return for Rasmus.