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Colby Rasmus is the kind of player that virtually all General Managers would love to have; he’s young, controllable, and his best years are arguably still to come. He’s the kind of player that folks might have on their wish list, but have no hope of ever acquiring.
While Colby Rasmus may have been on Alex Anthopoulos’ radar for a long time, it just seemed like a pipe dream that the Blue Jays would ever get him from the Cardinals. It was a proverbial Hail Mary pass with zero time left on the clock … but this Hail Mary actually connected.
This is the kind of trade that you dream about, but that you don’t actually expect in a million years to happen, and yet somehow, Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays managed to pry Colby Rasmus out of St. Louis.
My initial thoughts on this trade was how this situation hearkens back to the Yunel Escobar deal and how similar the situation was. Both the Braves and Cardinals had troubles with their young stars, and the Blue Jays swoop in to pick up the pieces and end up smelling like roses.
I have to tip my cap to AA for finding a very creative way to acquire the player he so keenly desired in Colby Rasmus. As I’ve stated before, when Alex Anthopoulos has the blinders on, he’s willing to do anything to get the player he wants.
In this instance, it took a trade with the Chicago White Sox to get an integral piece in Edwin Jackson to make the trade happen. I admire AA’s determination to acquire the asset he so desperately sought, and hopefully it won’t be his undoing down the road.
I’ll have a more in depth post tomorrow dealing with all the ramifications of the roster moves and some farewells to former Blue Jays, but for the time being let’s bask in the moment: Colby Rasmus is coming to the Toronto Blue Jays … and they didn’t have to give up the farm to get him, either.