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”:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Now La Russa, who talks about how young players “are spoiled.”This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
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.
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.
The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.
Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.
The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.
Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.