Rasmus should thrive with Blue Jays
July, 27, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
It had become clear that the St. Louis Cardinals organization simply didn't want outfielder Colby Rasmus around anymore, and thus the team sent him packing Wednesday in an odd move that I think we'll all remember years from now. Dump Rasmus? Well, the Cardinals kind of did just that, and kudos to the Toronto Blue Jays for nabbing him, but fantasy owners should swoop right in because this is an impact player worthy of attention in all leagues.
While I don't fully buy into the theory of players needing new starts to reach their potential, with Rasmus it did make sense. He's clearly talented, and a year ago, he smacked 23 home runs, stole 12 bases and batted .276. Sure, he strikes out a bit too much and he's clearly someone Cardinals manager Tony La Russa doesn't call a pal, but this is a budding star. He's 24. And after being an 11th-round choice in ESPN live drafts (and 27th among outfielders), a few too many owners panicked and made him available in roughly 16 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) leagues.
Russell Lansford/Icon SMIColby Rasmus was a top-25 outfielder entering the year but never completely endeared himself with the Cardinals.