Colby Rasmus trade: the he-said, he-said in video form

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Video cameras found both Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa following the trade yesterday.  They each had particularly Rasmus-esque and La Russa-esque takes on the matter.

First Rasmus who, when asked about La Russa, says “I hope he’s happy”:

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Now La Russa, who talks about how young players “are spoiled.”

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Say what you want about the value the Cardinals got back for him. It’s pretty damn clear that the two of these guys couldn’t operate in the same organization any longer.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.