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Rumor Mill: Blue Jays close to landing Jackson

The Blue Jays are close to landing White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson according to a report in the New York Post.

But that doesn't necessarily mean Jackson is out of the picture for the Cardinals.

Scribe Joel Sherman said the move might be part of a three-way deal between the White Sox, Jays and Cardinals that would send the journeyman righty starter to St. Louis along with a reliever or two. It is unclear where Rasmus would end up because both the Pale Hose and the Blue Jays are said to covet the enigmatic centerfielder.

As I wrote earlier this week, I don't think Jackson and a reliever is a reasonable return for Rasmus. Especially since Jackson is a free agent at season's end. But I am reserving judgement because if the Cardinals could land multiple relievers who could be in the fold beyond 2011, they could significantly change the face of this team, turning its Achillies heal into a positive.

Potentially desirable targets the Blue Jays have in their bullpen:

Lefty Marc Rzepczysnki who will be 26 next month. He's 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA and 28 hits allowed in 38 1/3 innings pitched. While the Birds need lefty relief help now, Rzepczynski experience as a starter. He took 23 rotation turns in 2009-10.

Jason Frasor, a 33-year-old righty who is 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA who is from Chicago and pitched for SIU Carbondale. The rubber-armed Frasor averages 68 appearances a year and has some experience closing games with 36 career saves.

Jon Rauch is a 32-year-old hurler who is 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA this season. The righty saved 21 games last season for Minnesota and has seven saves this season.

While the makeover of the Cardinals bullpen could be profound with the addition of two of those three pitchers and Kyle McClellan sliding back to relief with Jackson joining the rotation, I would still like to see the Redbirds get at least one decent prospect out of the deal.