May 6, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Blue Jays Have Floated Colby Rasmus In Trade Offers

Well, here is one that is certain to perk up a few ears on this slow, dreary, and late Tuesday night. According to Bob Elliot at the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Blue Jays have dangled Colby Rasmus out in trade offers to at least two teams in exchange for starting pitching.

Wait, what?

Now, to be fair, Elliot goes into absolutely no details as to who the teams involved were rumored to be, or even further mentioning it in the entire article, only mentioning it as such.

Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching.

And in the other news:

Well, thanks for the insight Bob!

Seriously though, Rasmus could be an attractive trade piece for some team looking to upgrade its center field situation. The 27-year-old outfielder posted a solid 4.8 wins above replacement for the Blue Jays in 2013, notching 22 home runs, 66 RBI, and a wRC+ of 130. However, he is a free agent after next season and given the long-term deals being signed by the like of Jacoby Ellsbury and soon Shin-Soo Choo, the Blue Jays may feel their chances of working out a reasonable extension are slim.

Then again, the team has no viable candidate to fill in for him, unless you believe Anthony Gose suddenly figured things out overnight. Or perhaps they are in on Matt Kemp still?

I don’t know, it all seems pretty vague and convoluted to me, so I don’t think we should make much out of it right now. But in the long-term plan, with little movable pieces outside of pillaging the farm system again, would you rather move Rasmus or dig into Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion for value?

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  • jays4life77

    i would much rather deal Bautista then Rasmus. Rasmus is younger, healthier and more athletic then joey bats….sure he strikes out a lot but is one of the best center fielders in baseball which is a premium position. I honestly don’t have any faith left in Bautista, sure he hits the homerun still but his attitude and penchant for being injured a lot as well as his decreasing vision at the plate. I think he should be traded A.S.A.P. while we still can get something for him, another injury riddled season and we are screwed as his value will plummet.
    As for EE he is untouchable to me unless your blown away by an offer you just cant refuse. I would place EE and Reyes as the 2 only untouchables on the team (position players) and rasmus wouldn’t be far behind that group in my opinion.

  • JaysHopeful

    If you can get a Yu Darvish quality starter for Colby then I could understand trading him. As it stands, Colby is too valuable defensively and offensively (as a lefty with insane natural power) to give away at such a time. If I were AA, I’d be negotiating a Toronto-long-term deal for the guy (5 years, right?). Try to sign him now while he’s still reasonably priced.

    I think that Colby has the potential to be a very solid and consistent player who remains with the ball club for a long time, transitioning to the corners and then DH. He may never be a Matt Kemp, but he could definitely be a Lloyd Moseby. Colby’s got awesome range, and tracks the ball like a golden retriever. He’s young and has really found his stride with the Jays.

    Personally, I think there is more potential in Colby than there is in Bautista, and I would be more comfortable seeing Bautista dangled on the trade market. Sure he’s a homerun machine, but he’s a veteran who is going to need more time DHing. There’s even been some talk of him playing 1B. Jays have TONS of DH/1B possibilities.

    Can AA replace adequately replace Colby? In terms of numbers, Choo may be the closest and he’s going to be more expensive and has less range. Keep him, sign him long term. Just my opinion.

  • david s

    This just in folks…. the Toronto Sun has reported, from unsubstantiated sources, that the entire Jays team has been traded to the Nagoya Dragons. Bob Elliot of the Sun writes that this could be only a rumour.

  • Andrew van Laar

    I would trade Colby in a heartbeat for a stud starter. Jays fans seem infatuated with one year wonders. Brandon Morrow is another example. Everyone says Colby has really come into his own in TO. No he hasn’t. In 2.5 years he has had one good season. I would rather see the Jays trade high on him and get a big return than watch his inevitable fall back to earth next year.

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  • Jensan

    Jose Bautista plus Adam Lind to the Giants for a SP Madison Baumgarner plus Hunter Pence a 4 year controlled LHP with good numbers plus an
    War projections are similar if you are into this stuff. Dollars affecting both teams are the same.
    Giants require a Right Handed Power Bat. Helps Brandon Belt at first Base What do you think.

  • John

    All you people who keep crying about trading Jose, you seem to be oblivious to the fact that until the roster has been revamped with players who have anything that resembles an OBP aside from Reyes/Jose/E5 where do you think the runs are going to come from when 3/4 of the team can’t get on base..?!

    Sorry kids but this lineup as is can’t afford to lose Colby or Jose when Lawrie hasn’t done anything in 2 years and is an injury waiting to happen, a black hole 2b with obp potential too low to measure, Lind who can’t hit lefties and don’t let last seasons numbers fool you, he streaked and then sucked, Melky who knows, Reyes* and no speed on the paths (gose can’t lay bunts down let alone actually hit) This team is a MESS a mid rotation arm to slide into the 4 spot isn’t going to save this “sinking ship”

    Garza is too expensive because there’s no comp pick associated with him.. Jimz? ::shrug

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