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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals addressed a pitching shortage Wednesday that dates to spring training, acquiring right-hander Edwin Jackson in a three-team trade that cost them starting center fielder Colby Rasmus.
The Cardinals sent Rasmus and two relievers to Toronto, sacrificing a starting outfielder to get more pitching for the second straight year near the trade deadline. Last July, the Cardinals dealt right fielder Ryan Ludwick to San Diego in a three-team deal that brought them starter Jake Westbrook from the Indians.
“He’s a power arm, a different look from what we roll out there,” general manager John Mozeliak said of Jackson, who threw a 149-pitch no-hitter last season for Arizona. “He has the capability of being a dominant pitcher.”
Jackson had been dealt to Toronto a few hours earlier by the White Sox, who also sent utility player Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart.
“It was a good trade, all the teams got what they wanted,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “And hopefully it works out for all of us.”
Except for teams chasing the Cardinals in the NL pennant race.
“Not much I can do about it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s the same level of frustration. The rich teams get richer. They usually do something this time of year.”
Jackson has been dealt seven times since being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 17-year-old in 2001.
“I was born on the move, being a military brat,” Jackson said. “My whole life is pick up and make new friends.”
Besides Jackson, St. Louis acquired relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, outfielder Corey Patterson and three players to be named or cash. Along with Rasmus, the Blue Jays got pitchers P.J. Walters, Trever Miller and Brian Tallet.
The Cardinals lost 20-game winner Adam Wainwright to elbow surgery in spring training.
“We address our needs of getting a starter and a left-handed reliever and bullpen help,” Mozeliak said. “We’re very excited about this.”
Rasmus had long been rumored trade bait after electing to work on hitting with his father instead of Cardinals batting instructor Mark McGwire. Rasmus has two homers in his last three games, pulling out of a prolonged slump in which he had zero RBIs in 13 games, and was batting .246 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs.
“I’ve heard if you don’t get along with the manager in St. Louis, you can’t play,” manager Tony La Russa said. “That’s ridiculous. If you get on Tony’s bad side you’re out of here, that’s wrong.”
Teammates felt the trade was more about the stretch run than personalities.
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