Originally Posted by HometownHero
LOL, Reckless? These guys have just wrote something dumb on his eye black in Spanish and the other is accused by LaRussa who was a control freak of listing to his dad. I bet we have players on the team now that have done far worse things in their lives than that it just didn't make the media.
Go to MLB to the video and type in Rasmus and defense and see how hits he lost to highlight plays. He one bad run this year after he got hurt where he went into a long slump but he hit the ball hard as hell for the better part of the year.
He hit just .223 and still hit 23 HR and drove in 75 runs and scored the same in one of the best divisions in baseball, just think of the damage the kid would do with our RF HR porch that has seen him already hit 5 HR in 80 AB and the park has handed out 11 XBH in his 22 hits.
He hit .141 vs the O's in 18 games and .113 in 17 games vs New York last year the two playoff teams from the AL East vs NL teams last year he hit .309/.365/.632/.997 in 17 games vs all 5 AL East teams plus the Brewers.
Yes, reckless, as in making a trade just to make a trade. Again, Escobar's eye black was not an isolated incident and by the way, that's not the first offensive comment he's made on his eye black. He is repeatedly called out for his lack of hustle and still uses the language barrier as a crutch 8 years into his career. The Braves traded him at the age of 27 after posting 3 years of over .760 OPS for ALEX GONZALEZ and even before the "eye black" incident, Toronto was shopping him at the deadline. Guys who are that talented don't just get passed around for no reason. As the saying goes "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." To me, acquiring Yunel Escobar and expecting him to hustle and stay out of trouble would fit that mold.
Rasmus' dad being a pain was not just an accusation by Tony LaRussa. He has done multiple interviews with the media, one of which was suggesting a trade from the Cardinals. Colby said himself he needs to talk to his dad less. As far as the production goes, his walk rates are down from his Cardinal days, strikeout rate up, pops out to the infield in 15% of his balls he puts into play, his defense has deteriorated, doesn't get on base, doesn't steal bases.
The stats you are giving on Rasmus at GABP are driven by his numbers 4 years ago. Over the last 3 years, he's been 11-47 at GABP.
Again, even if these guys are mild upgrades over what we've got, I don't see that difference being big enough to put up with the headaches.