(KMOV)-- The Cardinals have traded talented but frustrating center fielder Colby Rasmus and pitchers Brian Tallet, Trevor Miller and PJ Walters to the Toronto Blue Jays for three pitchers, starter Edwin Jackson and relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski. The Cardinals are also getting outfielder Corey Patterson, who's hitting .252 with 6 homeruns and 13 stolen bases.
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Jackson was traded by the Chicago WhiteSox earlier in the day to Toronto. With the White Sox Jackson was 7-7 with a 3.92 era. He's considered a durable starter and innings eater, but will be a free agent at the end of this season. Dotel was 2-1 with the Blue Jays with an era of 3.68 with one save. Rzepczynski was 2-3 with era of 2.97 and no saves, but 10 holds. Rzepczynski is lefthanded, answering the Cardinals need for lefty help in the bullpen. Jackson will likely join the Cardinals starting rotation, possibly moving Kyle McClellan back to the bullpen.
It'll be interesting to see how Rasmus pans out over the years with a different team and fresh start. He probably wasn't going to reach his full potential in St. Louis having to share time in center field with Jon Jay, and frustrating Tony La Russa and his staff in various different ways. Jackson is pretty much a rental for the rest of this season. He'll no doubt test the free agent market at the end of the year, but he could be a pitcher who can help the Cardinals nail down the Central division title. Rzepczynski is a key part of the deal. He's a promising young lefthanded reliever (he's 25). He's a guy who usually strikes out a lot of lefthanded hitters. Patterson gives the Cardinals some much needed speed and a quality fourth outfielder.
This trade will likely be unpopular in Cardinals nation because the Cardinals aren't getting a superstar in return. The truth is Rasmus just doesn't have the value right now to bring that in a deal. Jackson should help solidify the rotation, and Rzepczynski will be the guy counted on to retire the tough lefthanded hitters in the National League in the late innings. It's a deal that makes sense, even if it might be unpopular in St. Louis.
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