Jul 31, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) hits a two run RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the tenth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-2. Mandatory Credit: L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Colby Rasmus Told To Prepare For Trade


In what seemed like a fairly innocuous tweet from the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced that Colby Rasmus would be missing the upcoming Blue Jays Winter Tour due to a “scheduling conflict”. That of course lead to further speculation as to whether there was another reason why Rasmus wasn’t going to make the event.

And what better source to ask than Colby’s dad himself, Tony Rasmus.

Ok, all seems good here, nothing to be concerned about. But wait, there’s still more.

Wait, what? Of course, this still remains speculation of sorts and nothing has been indicated as imminent, but wow.

Now we know that Colby Rasmus’ name has come up a few times over the course of the winter, including a point where Rasmus has apparently been floated in offers to at least two teams in exchange for starting pitching. With Tony’s revelations earlier this morning, it would seem to suggest that the Blue Jays are still entertaining the idea of moving Colby.

That would seem to be a dangerous game to be playing, unless you can assure that you are not only getting a pitcher in return, but also an outfielder to build around as well. As we discussed just before Christmas, the Blue Jays future situation in the outfield is nothing to be confident in, and that perhaps the best option would be to extend Rasmus at this stage. Relying on Anthony Gose as your primary center fielder in 2014 is not on anyone’s wish-list for this offseason.

Today’s news would seem to indicate a different form of thinking on the part of the front office, who could be looking to capitalize on Colby’s break-out 2013 season, where he was almost a 5-win player before injuries finished his season. With his impending free agency at the end of the 2014 season, the Blue Jays could simply be weighing their possible returns in trade, which would likely be of higher value than the draft pick compensation next winter.

Still, trading Colby for pitching would be a dangerous trade to make, as it opens up another hole that needs to be filled. Building a package around Rasmus with prospects for a pitcher and an outfielder becomes a bit more reasonable, but then we get into the role of trading top pitching prospects again, something many fans are hesitant to see happen again this winter.

What say you Blue Jays nation? Do the Blue Jays find a trade partner for Colby Rasmus? If so, are you comfortable with the idea?

UPDATE:

After much debate, there has been some elaboration on part of Mr. Rasmus (h/t CashGameND):


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  • Honestly1

    A desperate attempt to create news!

    • Kyle Franzoni

      No creation involved. Just embedded what was stated.

      • CashGameND

        the title says blue jays told colby to prepare to trade. where does it say in the tweet that it was in fact the jays that told him to prepare for a trade & not just his agent who read random rumours on the internet or from other gm’s that his names been floated around (which a ton of jays names im sure are being floated around, doesnt mean hes any more likely to be traded)

        • CashGameND

          new tweet: @BlueJaysFacts looking back over that tweet let me make one thing clear. Colby didn’t hear that info from AA.

        • Justin Jay

          His dad reported it dude. What more do you want?

          • CashGameND

            i think its quite clear what i want. i want a site that i like very much not to report things with false or misleading information. LIke the title saying the BLUE JAYS told rasmus prepare to be traded when his father did not say AA or the blue jays told him. it could’ve been ANYBODY who told him to prepare for a trade, it doesnt mean the jays did & if they jays didnt then it would be more speculation then anything.

          • Justin Jay

            The writer is quite reliable.. let me assure you. He took something that was made public and made the public aware. Regardless of where the info was heard, Kyle’s a stand up writer and he, in no way, meant to mislead the fans.

          • CashGameND

            I didn’t say he meant to. I just like the site and don’t want it to look bad stating false information.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Thanks for the follow-up and getting down to the nitty-gritty!

          • CashGameND

            Np. It was fun. After he tweeted like 20x in an hour I thought there was a chance he might respond and he did twice which was very cool lol

          • Justin Jay

            But it may not be false. He’s stating something Colby’s father referenced. Yea, it may not be true just because it could be hearsay, but if you read what Tony’s said in the past, he’s not intentionally trying to be misleading… nor does he want to make himself a story. He’s just supporting his son and also trying to be a positive influence on the fanbase. We try our best to report accurate information and believe Tony to be pretty accurate. If it materializes, yea, this site looks genius and reliable. If it doesn’t, then this site takes a hit… but it was discussed and deliberated and felt this story was worthy enough to relay to the fans. Believe me, we hate being wrong as much as you hate reading crap info. Kyle’s topnotch however…

          • CashGameND

            Idk why your coming at me like I’m attacking the site or the writer. I love the site and just didn’t want the post to look misleading. Now we have the facts. We don’t know who told him to prepare for a trade but it wasn’t the jays so it could be anyone… And anyone could have 0 inside knowledge on if the jays have actually found a trade for him

          • Kyle Franzoni

            No one was trying to mislead the information at all. It was read that way from Tony’s tweet. Perhaps too much was read into the context of the tweet, especially now in hindsight considering Tony’s own elaboration on the subject.

    • Justin Jay

      We like news… but not that much. We’re probably just as surprised to read it as you are. Kyle’s not the type to just throw something out there.

  • Erik Trenouth

    Unless it is for Hamels or Sale, he shouldn’t be packaged with good prospects (Stroman, Nolan etc)

  • Robert Murawsky

    If this is true we need a new G.M.

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  • rayirwin

    Trading Colby makes all sorts of sense. Give him another solid year and you’re looking at Choo/Ellsbury money. Extend him now and you’re giving him 75% of that, presumably, based on one very good season. And that’s assuming he’ll take a 5 year deal. If we’re taking his dads word, Tony has already hinted at his son looking for a big payday.
    So…stop freaking, Jays nation.

    • Justin Jay

      His Dad actually mentioned in the past about giving Toronto a “hometown” discount… but… who knows now

  • JefQ27BlueJayz

    AA is no fool. I really like Colby’s bat, fielding, arm strength, attitude and Team spirit. I am not a fan of Gose. The Road Trip is by no means a long haul this season. This news makes me sad. I hope AA is getting what we need for the future, and keeping what we need for the future. I know the product on the field is everything, but I was hoping Colby was a mainstay.

  • David Stewart

    Say this is bile Kyle! Nooooooo!

  • bob l.

    music to my ears. i have grown tired of rasmus swinging for the fences every at bat. he should be focusing on getting on base and creating runs instead of striking out. a centerfielder with as few steals as he has each year is ridiculous. bring on gose! jays fans will forget about rasmus in no time.

  • bob l.

    plus the money they WON’T pay rasmus next year can now go towards tanaka. trade rasmus for prospects.

    • BlueJayBlue

      @CashgameND. Come on man let it go haha. I love this site too.

  • CashGameND

    the title to this article is wrong based on the tweets. the title says hes been told by the blue jays to prepare for trade. nowhere in the tweet does it say the blue jays told him to prepare for a trade. It could simply be his agents making a pure guess that he thinks the team may be looking to move him or may of heard his name is out there on the trade market & told colby to prepare for a possible trade…. which changes nothing. Of course his name has been floated around in trades, so has almost every blue jay out there I bet, doesn’t mean hes any more likely to be traded then anybody else.

    NOW if the tweet did say he was told by the BLUE JAYS to expect a trade, and depending on WHEN this happened, like if it happened recently. THEN this would be a hell of allot more significant, until we know those facts its really just starting a rumour based on 1 dumb tweet.

    • CashGameND

      another tweet:
      @BlueJaysFacts looking back over that tweet let me make one thing clear. Colby didn’t hear that info from AA.

      titles like the one for this post are extremely misleading & make the site look bad.

      • Justin Jay

        That’s great… what made BlueJaysFact say such things… come on man… you’re stretching here

        • CashGameND

          uhh the only people stretching things is the writer of the article. the tweet i put above was from COLBY RASMUS DAD in reply to @bluejaysfacts. Figure it out bud

          • Justin Jay

            Nobody is stretching. Just because he didn’t hear it from AA doesn’t mean it to be true. Kyle wouldn’t put this out here strictly for story. He put it out there to be insightful.

          • CashGameND

            Got nothing to do with me liking the idea of Rasmus being traded or not. I just want to know how real the rumour might be. I’ve posted my tweet convo with his father which has got to the bottom of it.

          • Justin Jay

            Agreed… it’s an outside source.. for now.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Alright, just saw Tony’s elaboration and updated the post accordingly. Title has been changed to reflect the change.

  • CashGameND

    @CashGameND: @FlorenceFalcon0 @BlueJaysFacts can you say who he did hear it from, since its causing quite a stir now with the blue jays fan base?

    @FlorenceFalcon0: @CashGameND @BlueJaysFacts it was generic and told to him because of his status as being one year from free agency.

    @CashGameND: @FlorenceFalcon0 @BlueJaysFacts so likely his agent or a friend. Not actually anybody from the blue jays system that told him recently?

    @FlorenceFalcon0: @CashGameND @BlueJaysFacts no it wasn’t anyone from the blue jays organization.

    • Justin Jay

      Well played… still not misleading. And it’s possible he could be backtracking for a reason. Still…good follow up

      • CashGameND

        Well it’s kinda misleading if it’s said hat the jays told Rasmus to prepare for a trade. Cause of it’s not the jays then it is allot less likely a trade is actually happen. I can understand how the writer could easily make the mistake just reading his tweets. But now we have more info so that helps clarify things

        • Justin Jay

          That was very good Nick. We’ll see how it goes. There’s about a month before Spring Training… so who knows.

      • Bobby Seagle

        I agree. When Colby was with the Cardinals, his dad was very vocal and that caused trouble. He could have backtracked before it was blown out of proportion without AA’s permission and it ends up on the news or something. I hope Colby stays though.

  • Thomas Nelligan

    Colby seems to enjoy being with the Jays, and does come across as they kind of player who finds the enjoyment of playing his main motivation. I don’t know, but I seem him more likely to sign an extension than leave.

    • Bobby Seagle

      True. Colby said in numerous interviews how he now enjoys playing the game and having fun. Before it was do this and do that and hearing it from the Cardinals organization and from his dad. If it wasn’t for injuries last year, he could have had 30+ hr

  • bob l.

    maybe they are attempting to free up money (2014 and beyond) to sign tanaka. it’s time to give gose a chance to play full time. his range is comparable and arm much better. just needs to hit a bit better. batting ninth would give the jays a chance to turn over the lineup to reyes and cabrera w/speed on base (something that rasmus does not offer) and a distraction to the pitcher. can’t take a chance on rasmus leaving and getting little in return or even worse , another bad contract (see: wells or rios).