An Open Letter to Jon Heyman

by on July 19, 2008 · 2 comments’s Jon Heyman, who wrote that the Pirates would seek high return to trade Jason Bay, continues to insist that the Cardinals are willing to trade Colby Rasmus.

His persistence is somewhat amusing since Rasmus’ availability has been repeatedly refuted and flat out denied, including two published reports from Devan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that indicated the Pirates have not talked to the Cardinals about Bay, Rasmus, or even Xavier Nady – even saying in the first linked article:

One national report linked Nady and Bay to the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals, but sources on all three fronts, including the Pirates, yesterday debunked that.

And in the second?  Kovacevic adds:

Before this one grows any legs beyond one national report, [ed. note – Kovacevic is staring at YOU, Mr Heyman] the Pirates are not in discussions with St. Louis regarding outfielder Colby Rasmus, one of the top prospects in all of baseball. The reason, as they and other teams have been told by the Cardinals: Rasmus is untouchable.

So both teams involved in the rumor flat denied it.  Interesting.

The Pirates and other teams are being told that Rasmus is untouchable.  Fascinating.

That would seem to fit with Cardinal owner Bill DeWitt’s comments to Joe Strauss of the St Louis Post-Dispatch in the linked article above:

P-D: Is there a chance that Rasmus could play his first major-league game in another uniform?

BDJ: I don’t anticipate that. No.

So we’ve now got two teams supposedly involved in these “Rasmus is available” talks denying any rumor, we’ve got the owner of the Cardinals saying Rasmus won’t be going anywhere, not to mention the overwheming evidence that Bay isn’t worth anywhere near Rasmus straight-up.

I think you’re fishing here, Jon Heyman, and I’m calling you on it.  Stop with the nonsense.  Are you trying to create your “I told you so” moment?  Is this some kind of “scoop” you’ve dreamt up?

Obviously, I’ll have egg on my face and come back here praising your journalistic abilities if the Cards inexplicably ship Rasmus in a deadline deal, but I don’t forsee that being necessary.

The only possible reason I could see for trading Rasmus at this point would be a meddling father (read toward the bottom of the comments).

As for you Mr Heyman, please stick to reporting what you know, not what you’re guessing (and whiffing) at.

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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Rockin' the Red July 19, 2008

I’ll second that!

PHE July 20, 2008

It’s really getting annoying. Good thing he doesn’t run the Cardinals, Rasmus would’ve been moved 3 weeks ago!

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