[6:30pm] Joe Strauss is now reporting that the Cardinals insisted on either James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson for Colby Rasmus.
[4:40pm] Buster Olney is now reporting that the Rays offered the Cardinals Jeff Niemann and JP Howell for Colby Rasmus. It is unclear if the other pitchers were interchangeable or if they would have required accessories that differed from Howell.
[12:25pm]Buster Olney is reporting that the Rays offered the Cardinals their choice of Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis or Alex Cobb for outfielder Colby Rasmus (via Twitter).
It’ll be interesting to see what STL gets for Rasmus, because sources say Cards were offered one of three TB SP: Niemann, Davis,Cobb
However, it looks like that has been rejected. Former Rays pitcher Edwin Jackson was traded from the White Sox to the Blue Jays, and there are reports that Jackson will now be flipped to the Cardinals for Rasmus, as part of an 8-player deal.
Let us repeat…The Cardinals could have had Niemann, Davis or Cobb. Instead they will take Jackson, who has now been traded five times in seven years and is about to be traded again.