By Tim Heaney on July 27, 2011
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired OF Colby Rasmus and Ps Trever Miller, Brian Tallet and P.J. Walters from the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, July 27, in exchange for Ps Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel and OF Corey Patterson. Miller is expected to be flipped to the Chicago White Sox in a separate trade.
Add Rasmus if he was dropped in your mixed league. He's an immediate grab in AL-only setups worthy of a hefty FAAB bid.
This move improves Rasmus' value for 2011 and his career; his new organization will likely play him every day, and this team encourages its hitters to be aggressive, something that should make Rasmus more comfortable.
Consider Patterson a useful pickup in NL-only setups, but he probably won't play much to have consistent mixed league value; he's worth a shot in the deeper varieties if you're hurting for steals, though.
While erratic and WHIP-killing, Jackson remains decent rotation filler for deep mixed leagues and is a solid pickup for NL-only games; he moves to a better pitcher's park and typically the more favorable league for hurlers. Pitching under Dave Duncan isn't a bad way to sustain his recent momentum, either.
Unless they surprise us by trading for another big-name reliever, St. Louis' acquisition of Dotel and Rzepczynski likely means that Fernando Salas will remain the closer. Though Dotel has previous stopper experience, Salas has done little to lose his job to a RP that has essentially become a ROOGY.
The other relievers don't deserve your fantasy attention.