MLB Trades: Jays Acquire Colby Rasmus as Part of Three-Team Trade

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJuly 27, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 6: Colby Rasmus #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on July 6, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Jays announced Wednesday that they have traded long-time Blue Jay Jason Frasor and starter Zach Stewart to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahan.

This move came out of left field today, as the Jays traded their best bullpen pitcher and acquired yet another starter. However, the Jays were not done there, as they decided to get a third team involved in the festivities.

ESPN has reported the Jays have completed a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, flipping Jackson, Corey Patterson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski to the Cardinals for Colby Rasmus, veteran relievers Brian Tallet and Trever Miller, 26-year-old pitcher P.J. Walters and cash.

Rasmus this season is batting .246 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs. This year has been a roller coaster ride for Rasmus, as he's battled poor on-field performances along with a continuing battle with Cards manager Tony LaRussa.

Anthopolous I think believes a fresh start in a hitters park will mean the world to the once top three MLB prospect.

The Jays have severely run down their bullpen due to starting pitching that just isn't going far enough into games.

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 15: Jason Frasor #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts to a strike call against the New York Yankees during MLB action at The Rogers Centre July 15, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Names like Rzepcynski, Jon Rauch, Frasor and Shawn Camp have all been overused, and they are starting to show signs of wear and tear.

In Jackson, the Cardinals get a starter who is 7-7 in 19 starts this season with an ERA of 2.92 and a WHIP of 1.42.

The 27-year-old right-hander joins a pitching staff that includes Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, injured Adam Wainwright and eventually Shelby Miller, who is lighting up the minors as I type.

Jackson is in the final year of a two-year contract.

Also going the Cards way is bullpen pitchers Rzcepcynski and Octavio Dotel, along with journeyman outfielder Corey Patterson, who returns to the National League. Dotel was 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA while Rzcepcynski was 2-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched.

For the White Sox, they get Jason Frasor who this season has been arguably Toronto's most consistent bullpen pitcher and the lone consistent face you see year in and year out.

Frasor has appeared in 44 games out of the bullpen this season with an ERA of 2.98 and a WHIP of 1.25. The 33-year-old veteran has a 2-1 record this season.

Zach Stewart was one of the Jays highest-rated pitching prospects, who I believe was starting to fall out of favor in Toronto after talk that he didn't want to pitch in AA for another year. He has posted a 5-5 record with AA New Hampshire this season with 74 strikeouts in 94.1 innings with a 4.20 ERA.

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 26:  Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets checked out by Assistant Trainer Hap Hudson and General Manager John Farrell after Bautista was hit in the head by a pitch during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles Jul
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The Jays meanwhile, along with Rasmus, get bullpen pitchers Tallet and Miller, both former Blue Jays, along with 26-year-old minor league pitcher P.J. Walters.

The Jays lineup now looks pretty stacked with Rasmus patrolling center field.

SS Yunel Escobar

CF Colby Rasmus

RF Jose Bautista

1B Adam Lind

3B Brett Lawrie

DH Eric Thames

2B Aaron Hill

LF Travis Snider

C JP Arencibia

Thanks for the read.


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