Former Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus will make $2.7 million in 2012, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
And that's pretty much the last word on whether the swap that sent Rasmus to the Blue Jays for Marc Rzepzynski and one-year rentals Octavio Dotel, Edwin Jackson and Corey Patterson was a good one.
Bottom line: General Manager John Mozeliak gave Rasmus as much time as he possibly could to pull his head out of his posterior. But it's fairly obvious that it was never going to happen. And, meanwhile, Rasmus is scaling the salary charts. If Mozeliak would have held onto Rasmus for another year, the enigmatic outfielder would have likely been worthless much in the same way that Anthony Reyes went from untradable to, well, untradable by the time the Cardinals clued in to his uselessness.
Who would be willing to give up much at the deadline in 2012 if Rasmus is hitting .260 with about eight homers when GM's know that he's probably going to make north of $4 million in 2013?
It was obviously worth it to deal Rasmus since the Cardinals made the most out of the deal and went on to win the 2011 World Series. Besides the fact that they needed the pitching help that the Rasmus swap provided, I just can't imagine the team would have won the big prize with him because of his negativity.
The September and October 2011 Cardinals were the exact opposite of Rasmus' careless, uncoachable attitude.