The Impact of the Carlos Beltran and Colby Rasmus Trades on the Chicago Cubs

Being that this is a Chicago Cubs blog, you’re not going to find a complete analysis of the prospective (all-but-finalized) Carlos Beltran and Colby Rasmus trades today, but, because they could have ramifications for the Cubs, I thought them worth discussing briefly.

It appears that the Giants will acquire Beltran for cash and pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, a top 35 prospect in the game. Impact to the Cubs:

1.) Reduces the pool of suitors for Cubs’ bats by one. The Giants were a theoretical landing place for a guy like Carlos Pena, but that’s probably over now.

2.) Increases the possible demand for Cubs’ bats by taking the top bat off the market. With Beltran gone, teams like the Braves, Phillies, Indians, Pirates, etc. may feel amped up pressure to make a move.

3.) Increases the possible return for Cubs’ players. Getting Wheeler for two months of Beltran is being called a “coup.” In a sellers market – but one in which sellers were having a hard time getting buyers to give up prospects like Wheeler – the Giants may have just set the market for teams who want to work backwards from Wheeler.

It also appears that Blue Jays will acquire Rasmus, Trevor Miller, Brian Tallet, and P.J. Walters for Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, and (hooray!) Corey Patterson. The Cards will also get three players to be named later or cash considerations. Impact to the Cubs:

1.) Removes a potential superstar from the Cardinals. Rasmus has had a down year, and frequently butts heads with Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. But make no mistake: he could be a superstar in a couple years. For whatever reason, the Cardinals decided they’d rather keep their manager happy by unloading Rasmus.

2.) Improves the Cardinals’ chances of competing this year, but might prove a savvy move down the road. Losing Rasmus hurts, but he was set to start becoming expensive. And, by adding guys like Jackson and Dotel, who could bring draft pick compensation at the end of the year, the Cardinals may have just started the reloading process as quietly as a team can – at the same time making themselves slightly better this year.

3.) The impact on the trade market is negligible because of the unique context of Rasmus’s relationship with the Cardinals, and because the PTBNLs/cash considerations are unknown.

4.) Guarantees that Corey Patterson will dominate the Cubs for years to come. Voodoo magic.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

13 responses to “The Impact of the Carlos Beltran and Colby Rasmus Trades on the Chicago Cubs”

  1. auggie1955

    I’m happy to see Beltran traded. No other trades for OF were going to happen until he was moved. Now maybe Fukudome stands a better chance to be traded. After that, who knows. We may even be able to find a team interested in Soriano.

    It’s fun to dream.

  2. Dan0mite

    I’m going to confess baseball ignorance and say that I don’t know who Corey Patterson is. However, I have read else where that he’ll spell certain doom for the Cubs when they play the Cards for years to come. Is someone willing to explain this to me?

  3. Coal

    As all former Cubs (or generally sucky players) that go to the Cardinals seem to do.

  4. ReiCow

    Has Theriot been a Cub killer since going to the Cards? If not, we can hope Patty goes that route!

    1. Ol'CharlieBrown

      If my memory serves me correctly, he did get that game tying/winning hit off of Marmol in the 9th back in June. So, he’s on the right path lol.

  5. Cardfan

    My only regret is that Theriot was not part of the deal.

    As for the Cardinals losing a potential superstar, Rasmus would never get there with the Cardinals. He is a whiney punk who’s attitude and dependence on an over-bearing and outspoken father will likely lead him down a nefarious path. Todd Marinovich, anyone?

  6. awesome

    guess Quade will have another Castro/Media teaching lesson tonight, if we lose.

  7. Ramy16

    Dang my birthday wish is for a Cubs win…another beer …

  8. Toosh

    Re-sign A-Hole now. 2 years. 20 million.