Cardinals GM: Rasmus will not be traded this offseason

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak sent a message to Cardinals fans Thursday at Busch Stadium’s “Social Media Night.”  That message?  Colby Rasmus will not be traded this offseason.

Rasmus asked to be moved earlier this year because of a seemingly soured relationship with Cards manager Tony La Russa.  The two have since said that all is well, that their relationship is not tarnished, and that it doesn’t have to be a pick one of ’em decision this winter. 

Mozeliak echoed that sentiment Thursday evening during a team-organized event for people involved with social media in the St. Louis area.  (All the Hardball Talk dudes are on Twitter, by the way). 

MLB.com’s Matthew Leach has the goods.

“A lot of times players, out of frustration or for whatever reason, may
go into a meeting and come out saying some things they may regret,”
Mozeliak said. “But a lot of times, you have to understand, these things
never get out there. In this particular case, it’s been festering for a
while. But I can assure you, Colby’s not going to be traded. I can also
assure you that some of the things he’s dealing with are typical
growing pains that young players go through.”

Mozeliak noted that Rasmus’ level of talent and upside could not be matched via a transaction.  He’s probably right about that.  In 408 at-bats this season, the 24-year-old Rasmus has posted a solid .861 OPS and 22 home runs while showing excellent range in center field.  It sounds like he will be in St. Louis at least through his arbitration years.

Dominic Smith likely to start the season at Triple-A

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Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.

Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.

Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.