Cardinals are “shopping Colby Rasmus widely”

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I guess we’ll soon see just how badly Colby Rasmus and his old man have angered the Cardinals.  Let’s put two tweets together, shall we?

First, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com:  “Cards now appear to be shopping Rasmus widely.”

Then Jon Paul Morosi of Fox: “Mariners among the teams that have inquired on Rasmus, source says.”

Really, there is nothing more akin to being shipped off to Siberia in today’s Major League Baseball than being traded to the Mariners.  If the Cards were to do that, and were to do it at a time when Rasmus has less value than he’s ever had, that would probably tell you everything you need to know about how that organization feels about him.

Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.