Long-time St .Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is gone, but several of his club’s key needs from 2011 have resurfaced this season. So might the method to address them.
La Russa had made public his frustration with the man who had previously been the organization’s top prospect. Of course, I am referring to outfielder Colby Rasmus.
After some rough times, Rasmus was sent on his way to the Great White North, with St. Louis meeting stretch-run needs for a starting pitcher (Edwin Jackson), left-handed reliever (Marc Rzepczynski) and a veteran right-handed reliever (Octavio Dotel) back from Toronto.
Some will forever be satisfied with the circumstances. After all, the Cardinals won the World Series with the acquired players. Yet others will wait for multiple years to pass before making a final judgment on the deal in its entirety.
One thing is for sure. When traded, Rasmus was not at his peak value. Some of that was due to his own struggles, but organization officials, La Russa ...