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Rumor Mill: Cubs interested in Colby Rasmus

While the Chicago Cubs are being feted for their ability too sign one player to a massive contract, they could be getting a harsh dose of reality as they try to fill some of their other needs.

According to SportsNet Canada, the Wee Bears have been talking with former Toronto Blue Jays moper Colby Rasmus about a contract.

The gist of the Cubs' thinking, according to the article is that new Chicago skipper Joe Maddon is "known for his ability to get the best out of his players." I sure hope he's better it than Rasmus' former manager Tony La Russa (who has won three more World Series than Maddon and participated in five more than him) because Maddon melts like butter when he's challenged to compete with anything that resembles intensity.

No word on what sort of contract Rasmus could command after a lousy final year in Toronto which saw him eventually get benched. He hit .225 with 124 strikeouts and 29 walks in 376 plate appearances. But the SNC claims that the 28-year-old flychaser has multiple clubs interested in his disinterested play.

I hated to see Cardinals star Jim Edmonds in that Chicago uniform. But I couldn't be more delighted than if Rasmus spends the remainder of his career in Chicago.