St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: Why a Colby Rasmus Deal Is Unlikely

Shaun Payne@@paynedshaunContributor IIJuly 14, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 29:  Colby Rasmus #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 29, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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A Colby Rasmus trade continues to be a hot rumor. Rasmus trade rumors started months ago, when Colby's father, Tony, started acting up, criticizing the Cardinals organization for the way they coach his son. The elder Rasmus continues to take shots at the organization. 

Tony Rasmus seems to be a headache and borderline psychotic, and this is probably why Colby Rasmus is getting a lot of attention on the rumor mill. But it seems rather unlikely that the Cardinals will trade Rasmus.

Rasmus is a 24-year-old centerfielder with a career .333 on-base percentage and .498 slugging percentage in nearly two-and-a-half major league seasons spanning 1,414 plate appearances. Last year, he posted a .361 OBP and a .498 slugging percentage. It's doubtful that the Cardinals are too stupid to realize what they have in Rasmus and would trade him for 70 to 80 cents on the dollar, even if his dad is a headache for the organization. 

At his age and with his experience, a team ready to contend now would be the type team to want Rasmus. The Cardinals would likely want quality players that, if traded, might hurt the chances of that other team. 

The Cardinals are also contenders, so they would probably want quality, young, major league players, likely pitchers, in return for Rasmus. So what would be the point of any team trading such players?

This type of trade would net the other team a solid, potentially great centerfielder at the cost of solid, potentially great young players. So it would probably be little to no net gain for the team trading for Rasmus. 

The Cardinals would probably love to trade Colby Rasmus to get rid of the thorn in their sides that is Tony Rasmus. But at what cost? Is there a team out there that would provide equal value for Rasmus during a season in which that team is trying to win and make the playoffs?

Rasmus is a potential superstar. The Cardinals are going to want quite a package. It would be somewhat shocking if a team that could use Rasmus, in the middle of the season, would be willing to give up the package of players that would make a trade worthwhile for the Cardinals.