Are the Royals Trying to Trade for Rasmus?

by Ben Cook on December 1, 2011

The Kansas City Royals seem to have a glut of late inning arms in their bullpen after signing closer Jonathan Broxton.

The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for late inning relief.

If you think that sounds like a good match, you’re not alone. Rumors have been swirling for a couple of days now that the Royals and Jays are working on a trade that would send a reliever (likely Joakim Soria) to Toronto in exchange for centerfielder Colby Rasmus.

Rasmus made headlines last year when he was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals for a slew of players in what was viewed as a “win now” move by the Cardinals that obviously paid off.

Unfortunately for the Jays, Rasmus struggled mightily in the AL posting just a .173 batting average in 35 games.

Despite the rumors, Bob Dutton insists the Royals aren’t looking for a centerfielder.

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And, considering the Royals recently traded Melky Cabrera (ostensibly to clear the way for Lorenzo Cain), it would seem odd for the Royals to bring in another young center fielder.

There’s little doubt the Royals will be looking to cash in on their wealth of relievers this off-season (especially considering how expensive closers have been to sign) but Rasmus seems like an unlikely target unless GM Dayton Moore gets really creative.


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