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Blue Jays Trade: Jason Frasor, Zach Stewart, Marc Rzepczynski, Corey Patterson, Octavio Dotel
Blue Jays Acquire: Colby Rasmus, Trever Miller, Brian Tallet, P.J. Walters, Mark Teahen
White Sox Trade: Edwin Jackson, Mark Teahen
White Sox Receive: Zach Stewart, Jason Frasor
Cardinals Trade: Colby Rasmus, Trever Miller, Brian Tallet, P.J. Walters
Cardinals Receive: Corey Patterson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, Edwin Jackson
The main pieces in the deal are Colby Rasmus, Edwin Jackson and Zach Stewart. Rasmus' apparent clashes Tony La Russa are finally over. Formerly one of the top prospects in baseball, Rasmus has had a decent start to his young career, accumulating 8.3 fWAR since his 2009 debut. Turning 25 in August, there's still room for more improvement as he enters his prime. Even better, he's still under cheap, team control through 2014. In attaining Rasmus, the most significant piece they had to part with was Zach Stewart.
Stewart, 24, was generally considered among the Blue Jays' top five prospects before the season. While he's never posted gaudy strikeout or control numbers, he showed terrific ability inducing ground balls earlier in his minor league career. However, that ability has diminished this year. In three major league starts this year, he posted a 4.14 SIERA. He didn't show terrific velocity with an average fastball just under 91 MPH or ability to get swinging-strikes(4.1%).
Frasor is a nice bullpen arm for the White Sox, who still have an outside shot at the playoffs.
In addition to Stewart, the Blue Jays had to eat another year of Mark Teahen, who is due $5.5 million next year. Accumulating -1.8 fWAR since 2008, $5.5 million is about $5.5 million too much.
Dealing Corey Patterson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel and Jason Frasor didn't make much difference. With the exception of Rzepczynski, each of them are free agents after the season. Patterson does provide the Cardinals with a nice backup option.
For the Cardinals, Dotel is an upgrade in the bullpen, while Edwin Jackson is an upgrade over Westbrook and Lohse. His 3.69 SIERA this year is good and leaving U.S. Cellular Field should help. He's a free agent after the season, but I'd assume the Cardinals will offer him arbitration and either have him another year or receive free agent compensation.
Giving up Rasmus is a steep price but having Jon Jay step in and provide nice value helps ease it.
Cardinals Grade: B-
Blue Jays Grade: B+
White Sox Grade: B