MLB Trade Rumors: St. Louis Cardinals Pursuit of Heath Bell Dead as a Doornail
For the longest time, the St. Louis Cardinals were thought to be the dark horse in the discussions to acquire San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell.
In one of the wildest moves of the offseason, the Cardinals dealt embattled outfielder Colby Rasmus and three other players to the Toronto Blue Jays for former White Sox starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzcepczynski and several other pieces.
With Rasmus only being 26 years old and looking to bloom as a star in the Majors, the only explanation for this deal would be that the Cardinals know something about Rasmus no one else does.
MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reports to Fox Sports:
The addition of Jackson enables the Cardinals to bump righty Kyle McClellan to the bullpen. The team is now focusing more on middle-infield help; shortstop Ryan Theriot has a .424 OPS in his past 105 plate appearances. The Cards’ pursuit of Padres closer Heath Bell seems closed; Rasmus was a central part of those discussions, sources say.
With so much potential, St. Louis moved Rasmus under a cloud of suspicion, but in return they got a great deal. The Cardinals needed a starter and with two more arms for the bullpen, the team looks to be making a push for a deep playoff run.
This deal means the odds of the Cardinals landing Bell at the trade deadline is very small, but the idea of Bell with St. Louis may be viable when he becomes a free agent in the offseason.
Along with Rasmus, Toronto ate a lot of misused contracts from the Cardinals, making it easier for St. Louis to make a big splash in next year’s free agency market by going all in for Heath Bell.
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