Not saying this was a good deal for the Cardinals but I do feel people are selling Rzepcynski short, he's been a reliever this year but was for the most part good in the minors and honestly could easily be a solid #4 in the Cardinals rotation next year.
The Cards traded a 24 year old OF with still a boatload of potential for a two month rental. God, TLR can be so damn stupid with the hatred he has for some of his players.
Says a cubs fan who hasn't sniffed a WS Championship in over a century. You'll be eating your words come OCT -- Duncan made this trade because Duncan saw somethings he likes and can improve upon!!!! He does it time and time again.
Add me to the list of the underwhelmed on this trade. I get that TLR and Raz were never gonna swap Christmas cards, but why not wait until the offseason when things settle down a little and see if you can't get more out of Rasmus? The kid had been a disappointment, but you could see talent in flashes. LaRussa has forgotten more about baseball than any of us will ever know, but I agree that once he gets a hard on for a guy, it's over. He'll run a talent like Raz out the door while going to the wall for a guy like Theriot. He's a tough one to figure.
According to the attached article from the Post Dispatch, Mo was working with Tampa Bay earlier this week, but was holding out for Shields or Hellickson in return. Even Nieman would have been better than Jackson in my eyes and Hellickson in particular would have been a great return...I can certainly see why TB is holding on tight to him. Hopefully this lefty they got from Toronto is at least worth his salt. Jackson is an enigma and a rental enigma at that. I just can't get excited about that.
I'm telling ya........Duncan picks his pitchers with a reason. I'll wait and see what he does and won't be surprise when they get remarkably better.
This... I can't count how many times I've scratched my head at a pitcher the cards have either traded for or signed only to have them go on to win 15 or 16 games and post a 3.75 ERA. I have just learned that when Dave Duncan says "this guy is worth getting" to just go along with it and watch the magic happen.
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