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Let's go with the obvious here first.
Colby Rasmus was playing his way out of St. Louis. Not to mention, you don't clash with Tony LaRussa and refuse hitting advice from Mark McGwire and expect to stick around town for much longer.
The Cards felt this was their best opportunity to package him in return for players who could help them "win now."
So with Rasmus shipped north of the boarder, the Redbirds acquired starting pitcher Edwin Jackson as well as relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepcynski.
The early return on them?
Since being acquired, Jackson is 1-1 with a no decision. He's pitched at least six innings each of the three times he's taken the hill. In other words, he's been a capable No. 3 starter.
But the Cardinals will need him to kick it up a notch if they hope to reach October.
As far as Dotel goes, he's been the pitcher of record on the losing side once for the Cards, while picking up a hold and a save as well. In six of his eight outings, he's pitched an inning of hitless ball. He's been a welcomed veteran presence to the Cardinals 'pen, and an arm that bolsters their chances of playoff baseball in 2011.
Rzepcynski has also fared well in his short time in St. Louis. In six appearances out of the bullpen, the southpaw has surrendered just one earned run on four hits. He's also given Tony LaRussa another dependable late-game arm, something the Cards will need going forward.
Final Grade: B+