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5 Reasons Colby Rasmus Trade Is Already a Bad One for St. Louis Cardinals

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5 Reasons Colby Rasmus Trade Is Already a Bad One for St. Louis Cardinals
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Did the Cardinals give up too soon on developing Colby Rasmus into a top-shelf major leaguer?

The July 27 deal that sent disgruntled young outfielder Colby Rasmus to Toronto for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski and reserve outfielder Corey Patterson was supposed to address all the St. Louis Cardinals' weaknesses in a run to the National League Central flag.

As we're approaching a month since the deal, several signs point to the decision to part ways with the Cardinals' former No. 1 draft pick being a hasty one.

Though Rasmus is hitting just .224 with three homers with his new club, his future—at age 24—still appears bright. The Cardinals, on the other hand, wanted to rid themselves of a player who wasn't getting along with manager Tony La Russa or the coaching staff. The Cards also acknowledged the deal was made to "win now" in helping the St. Louis playoff push.

Well, that "win now" move is looking like a wasted effort, as the Cardinals have gone 12-14 since shipping Rasmus to Canada. More importantly, the boiling Brewers have turned up the heat, opening what was a half-game advantage on July 27 to a whopping 10 games after last night's action. To make matters worse, the Braves have won six games in a row and now lead St. Louis by 10.5 games in the wild-card race.

Even some of the veterans are starting to talk about next year.

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