Here’s the roundup from today’s Toronto Blue Jays dealings.
Richard Griffin offers up his take early in his account.
“On Wednesday, the Blue Jays, four days advance of the trade deadline, believe they found their centre-fielder of the future in Colby Rasmus, the cornerstone of a blockbuster three-team, potentially a 14-player trade among the Jays, Cards and White Sox.”
Globe and Mail:
Jeff Blair offers his take on the blockbuster:
“Alex Anthopoulos calls Colby Rasmus a five-tool player. But it is the sixth tool that will be the topic of conversation when the Toronto Blue Jays general manager sits down at some point Thursday with the newest core piece to his team.
For non-seamheads, a player is said to be five-tool when he excels at hitting for average and power, has base-running skills and speed and can throw and catch the ball. Rasmus has the skill set to do all of those. The sixth tool is what Anthopoulos referred to Wednesday as “the elephant in the room,” which is Rasmus’s reputation for – well, depending on who you talk to he is either hard to coach or just didn’t get along with St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, in which case you should know this: having a strained relationship is often a badge of honour. Scott Rolen couldn’t stand him either, and it’s easy to pick sides in that tiff. ”
Robert Macleod took a different approach on the deal:
“With Colby Rasmus expected to assume his new role as the starting centrefielder for the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles the American League club will have a decision to make on Rajai Davis.”
Bob Elliot talked to Rasmus’s father about the deal:
“Tony Rasmus says his son is coming to a “great hitter’s park,” but knows his son won’t be seeing any pitching staffs like the Houston Astros or Chicago Cubs in the American League East.
“I’d be surprised if he doesn’t blossom, being out from under all this,” Tony Rasmus said.
“There are three or four guys in the St. Louis clubhouse right now, thinking ‘oh-oh, who is the manager going to pick on next with Colby gone?’”
Steve Simmons goes to the predictable well for players who may have parental issues:
“And the Blue Jays believe they have their centre fielder for now and for the future. Assuming Lawrie can play third base, and can play period, it means the Jays can go forward with a first baseman, a shortstop, a third baseman and two outfielders they can contend with. That’s one more starter than they had yesterday. By any plausible definition, assuming there is no Lindros in this kid, that’s a good thing.”
Mike Rutsey breaks down the deal:
“It’s a deal that any GM would make and for Anthopoulos it took a lot of dogged determination and digging around.”
Shi Davidi’s take:
“So the Blue Jays end up with the only player with true star potential in Rasmus, and although it’s possible, they aren’t likely to be filled with regret if the experiment blows up in their face.
In a sense, it’s like using $5 chips to play at the $100 table”
Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal thinks the Jays did okay:
“Well, I’ve finally identified the most difficult-to-find commodity in baseball.
Not a catcher. Not a shortstop. Not a third baseman.
Someone who likes the Cardinals’ return for outfielder Colby Rasmus.”
Bernie Miklasz likes the deal for the cardinals for now:
“You may have heard that the Cardinals made a big trade Wednesday, shipping Colby Rasmus and Tony Rasmus to Canada. Why Toronto? Easy: Because Siberia doesn’t have a major-league baseball franchise. And the Cardinals clearly wanted to get Colby and his Daddy as far away as possible.”
How you like them apples?
“It’s unclear if the Cardinals will receive a father to be named later. And if hockey fans in Canada thought Eric Lindros had a meddling parent in Bonnie Lindros, just wait until Tony Rasmus crosses the border and enters the Rogers Centre in an attempt to take over as the Blue Jays’ batting coach.”