September 07, 2010
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus(notes), who has been with the big club for only two seasons, managed to draw a lot of attention over the weekend when news surfaced that he is unhappy and asked for a trade earlier this summer.
The 24-year-old didn't seem to know how to deal with the reporter onslaught that he faced before and after Sunday's game, giving "conflicting answers," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Albert Pujols(notes) wasn't conflicting at all, saying that if Rasmus didn't want to be in St. Louis, he should hit the road.
Sunday, though, Rasmus admitted to the paper that he was "caught off guard" by reporters on Sunday and that he "didn't know what was going on."
Manager Tony La Russa wants to lay to rest the rumor that either he or Rasmus will have to go before next season starts. "It's one of the most incorrect evaluations and analyses that I can ever remember," he told the paper. "To say that in 2011, either I'm going to be gone or he's going to be gone ... our relationship is nowhere near that."
Of course, Rasmus has since changed his tune, telling the Dispatch, "I just want to play and help this team win, that's what I'm going to try to do."
Rasmus is hitting .266 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 369 at-bats this season.
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