The Washington Times - July 27, 2011, 01:34PM

Colby Rasmus went off the board this afternoon when he was part of a reported three-team trade that sent the St. Louis outfielder to Toronto, brought Edwin Jackson from Chicago to St. Louis (via the Blue Jays) and shuffled the rosters of all three teams.

It also took away one of the potential objects of the Nationals affection at the center field position as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. The Nationals, who upgraded their outfield depth Tuesday night when they traded for Jonny Gomes from the Reds, are still looking to nab a leadoff-hitting center fielder that will fit their desired young, financially controllable mold. 

They were interested in Rasmus, according to sources, along with the Twins’ Denard Span, the Rays’ B.J. Upton, the Astros’ Michael Bourn and the Angels’ Peter Bourjos, though it was not clear if Bourjos would be made available by the Angels.

The Nationals had a scout present at the Angels’ game against the Orioles this past weekend in Baltimore, though that was thought to be more due diligence than a specific mission to scout Borjous or other Angels outfielders. Their affection for Upton has been well-documented, as has their interest in Bourn, though the price for the Astros’ speedy outfielder is said to be extemely high.

According a source, the Nationals had nothing imminent early Wednesday afternoon but Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Tuesday night the certainly expected what was already a busy week to continue.