ST. LOUIS -- Continuing an ongoing saga, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told a St. Louis television station on Tuesday that outfielder Colby Rasmus "doesn't listen" to the team's coaches. It's the latest development in a lengthy series for the third-year center fielder, whose name has long swirled in trade rumors.
Speaking to KSDK TV-5 in St. Louis, La Russa was largely complimentary of Rasmus until the end of the interview. He spoke of Rasmus' bright future and said that the club is not shopping Rasmus.
At the end, however, La Russa was asked whether Rasmus is listening and responded tartly.
"Well, he's listening to somebody," the manager said.
Asked whether Rasmus is listening to the Cardinals' coaches, he was more direct.
"No, he doesn't listen to the Cardinal coaches much now, and that's why he gets in these funks, in my opinion," La Russa said. "If he would just stay with [basically] what they teach, he would have ... but I actually feel concern for him, because he hears it from so many places, he's got to be confused."
Rasmus requested a trade during the 2010 season and was reportedly on the radar of rival clubs over the past offseason. This year, he's been the reported target of a variety of teams as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.