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Leaving Cardinals a boost for Rasmus

Colby Rasmus hasn't lit the world on fire since joining the Toronto Blue Jays, but the former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder is still in a better spot.

Rasmus is the every-day center fielder for the Jays. That's important because Tony La Russa kept him on the bench for seven of his final 15 games with the Cardinals. Getting away from La Russa is important too, considering their well-documented feud.

Toronto ranks in the top 10 in the majors in steals, so Rasmus will get an opportunity to run. Hitting in front of Jose Bautista should also result in more runs scored.

Rasmus has all the tools to be a star. He'll turn 25 this month, so his best baseball is ahead of him.

Here's a look at the fantasy fallout from some of the other notable trade-deadline moves.

* Carlos Beltran, OF, San Francisco Giants: The move west from the New York Mets will probably be a lateral one for Beltran. His career OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) in New York is .848 and in San Francisco is .858. Like Rasmus, Beltran got off to a slow start with the Giants, but did have a breakout game Wednesday when he went 3 for 5 hitting out of the cleanup spot. He has hit in five straight games.

* Ryan Ludwick, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Any move out of San Diego's Petco Park is a good one for a hitter. Ludwick won't give you much by way of average (.234) on the season, but he's got good RBI numbers (65 so far this season, just four off last year's total).

* Hunter Pence, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: He's hit in seven of his last eight games, including a 3-for-4 effort with his first home run as a Phillie on Thursday. Hitting fifth behind Ryan Howard was already a good scenario for Pence owners, his play is making it a great one.

* Edwin Jackson, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: It's been one good and one bad start for Jackson since going the other way in the Rasmus deal. That's about right for the up-and-down pitcher who's got an 8-8 record and 4.11 earned-run average on the season. The natural boost that comes from going to the National League (and a pitcher's park in Busch Stadium) should help, as should working with pitching coach Dave Duncan. Jackson is available in nearly 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so if you need pitching help, he's worth a look.

* Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians: His road numbers are encouraging -- a 3.38 ERA and 1.08 WHIP -- so there's hope that he can recapture some of his '10 magic with the Indians. Jimenez owners are in a tough spot. Based on where he was drafted, he's likely been in your lineup all season. The thinking here is that ship has sailed for this season. Jimenez has simply been too wild (51 walks) this season to think that he's going to simply turn back into an ace with a new team.

* Erik Bedard, SP, Boston Red Sox: Take a look at these splits: he's got a 6.99 ERA in his career in his new home of Fenway Park, but his road ERA this season is just 2.16. That makes it pretty simple as to what to do with him. He'll be backed by one of the best lineups in baseball, too, so he'll be sure to earn some wins. As long as he's healthy, Bedard is a decent waiver addition.

email: jskurski@buffnews.com

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