The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Colby Rasmus, confirms multiple reports. The guarantee is at $5 million and the deal could go to $7 million after incentives.
John Heyman of the MLB Network tweeted the Rasmus deal on Monday. The MLB insider added the incentives included in the deal. Rasmus reunites with Chad Mottola, the current hitting coach for the Rays and former coach of Rasmus with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013. The 30-year-old Rasmus is coming off surgeries but is expected to contribute for Tampa Bay.
Rasmus’ versatility key for Rays
The Rays are hoping that the veteran outfielder will support the good defense he showed last year for the Houston Astros. Rasmus’ offense took a dip last season. Rasmus is expected to take over the left field with the Rays going to Kevin Kermaier at center.
rasmus has a deal with rays. good fit, AL sources say. @Ken_Rosenthal said close
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 9, 2017
colby rasmus gets precisely $5M guaranteed plus $2M incentives on rays deal. @Joelsherman1 on it
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 2017
“Can confirm @JonHeyman @Ken_Rosenthal Rasmus in agreement with #Rays. Hear will get a base in $5M range with bonuses that can get to $7M-ish,” Joel Sherman of the New York Post also confirmed on Twitter.
Rasmus, who is from Columbus, Georgia, has played for the St. Louis Cardinals (2009 to 2011), Blue Jays (2011 to 2014) and Astros (2015 to 2016) in an eight-year MLB career. Through the 2016 MLB Season, Rasmus has a .241 batting average, 851 hits, 156 home runs and 467 runs batted in.
The Cardinals picked Rasmus as the 28th pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Rasmus’ previous contract with the Astros values at $15.8 million but his injury history might have forced him to take a lower valued contract with the Rays.
Rasmus signed a one-year deal with the Astros in January 2015 and finished the season with 25 home runs, 61 RBIs in 137 games. In the MLB playoffs that year, Rasmus was one of the Astros‘ best players to earn a qualifying offer worth $15.8M the following offseason.
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