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.

Brayan Peña announces retirement

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Catcher Brayan Peña announced his retirement on Monday evening via his Twitter account:

Peña, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in January but the club ended up going with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for their Triple-A roster.

Peña spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Braves, Royals, Tigers, Reds, and Cardinals from 2005-16. He hit .259/.299/.351 in 1,950 plate appearances.

With his playing days behind him, Peña will transition into coaching. He will manage one of the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League teams, George Sipple of the Free Press reports.