No lie, I was planning on writing today before the news broke. I had planned to start Part 1 of a three-part series updating my devoted readers (cough) on the state of the Blue Jays farm system at different levels.

Well, the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher-Cats took a hit today. See ya, Zach Stewart, it was nice while it lasted!

Jays Acquire Rasmus, Spare Parts Fly All Around
The big news of the day, of course, is that the Jays have acquired centerfielder Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals as part of two trades (or a massive three-way, if you prefer to look at it as such). For the Jays, the trade essentially boils down to Colby Rasmus for Stewart, Marc Rzepczynski, and a potential type-B free agent compensation pick. I’ll break it down on a team-by-team basis momentarily, but for now…

This is something to be excited about.
More after the jump!