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Colby Rasmus | Outfielder | #28

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (28) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Rays signed OF Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $5 million contract.
The deal was agreed to three weeks ago but has just now been finalized. There is another $2 million available to Rasmus via performance-based incentives. He battled a number of injuries in 2016 and hit just .206/.286/.355 in 417 plate appearances with Houston, but this could wind up being a pretty good buy-low for Tampa Bay. Rasmus, 30, put up a .789 OPS and 25 home runs in 485 plate appearances with the Astros in 2015. Jan 30 - 3:50 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays have agreed to terms on a contract with Colby Rasmus.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that it's a one-year, $5 million deal that can get up to $7 million with incentives. Rasmus is coming off a disappointing, injury-shortened 2016 campaign when he batted only .206/.286/.355, but he was good enough in 2015 (.238/.314/.475, 25 homers) to receive a qualifying offer from the Astros. He had surgery in October to repair his core muscle and to shave down a bone spur and repair his left hip labrum, but Rasmus should be fine for spring training.
Jan 9 - 6:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "emerging as a possibility" for Colby Rasmus.

The Rays are looking for someone who can fill in in left field and in the designated hitter spot. They're also seeking a hitter who is cheap, and Rasmus will probably qualify after he batted .206/.286/.355 last season in an injury-plagued year with the Astros. He might have to settle for a one-year contract this winter.
Jan 9 - 6:30 PM

Roch Kubatko of reports that Colby Rasmus' representative has contacted the Orioles, but the club feels the outfielder is "too pricey at his current status."

The Orioles tried to sign Rasmus two winters ago before he picked the Astros, but they don't appear as anxious to go after him this time around. Of course, that could change if his asking price drops. Rasmus hit a disappointing .206/.286/.355 this past season while battling various injuries.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that Colby Rasmus underwent surgery on October 18 to repair his core muscle and to shave down a bone spur and repair his left hip labrum.

Rasmus had to be shut down with a few days left in the season due to what the Astros called a hip/groin issue and apparently the ailment didn't improve after a few weeks of rest. The good news is that Davidi says Rasmus will be running at full strength by January and ready to go for spring training. Still, it's obviously not the way Rasmus wanted to go into free agency, especially as he's coming off a disappointing season that saw him bat just .206/.286/.355 with 15 homers over 107 games. Rasmus turned 30 in August.
Source: Sportsnet
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) is not expected to play again this season.

Rasmus has been sent to Philadelphia to see a specialist for his hip/groin issue. It's worth noting that he's not even listed on the lineup card for Monday's game. Rasmus returned to the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer this season, but he'll finish the year with an ugly .206/.286/.355 batting line over 107 games.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 05:28:00 PM

Colby Rasmus is dealing with a hip/groin issue.

He also has vertigo-like symptoms related to a cyst in his right ear that was surgically removed last month. Rasmus has been sidelined since September 18 and might not play in another game this season for Houston. He's currently exploring treatment options.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 03:42:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) remains unavailable.

Rasmus had a cyst removed from his ear last month, which has led to dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms. He's had a miserable second half, hitting .095 with 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Jake Marisnick, Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez have all seen time in left field during his absence.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 06:57:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

Rasmus has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms again and has been unavailable for a few days. Tony Kemp is in left field Friday.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) was unavailable Tuesday and remains unavailable on Wednesday.

Rasmus returned August 30 after missing four weeks following surgery to remove a cyst from his right ear. That cyst was causing him vertigo-like symptoms and dizziness, and he told reporters Wednesday that he again doesn't feel right. It's a scary situation for the 30-year-old impending free agent.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 01:45:00 PM

Colby Rasmus homered in his first game off the disabled list Tuesday against the Athletics.

Rasmus hadn't played since August 4 after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from his right ear, but that didn't stop him from swatting his 13th homer of the year in the second inning. Despite the happy return, Rasmus was in a deep dive prior to hitting the disabled list and is batting just .212/.286/.361 in 91 games overall. With the Astros in a playoff chase and September 1 right around the corner, Rasmus will have to have more games like Tuesday if he wants to keep getting regular at-bats down the stretch.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Astros activated OF Colby Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list.

Rasmus required surgery earlier this month to remove a cyst from his right ear, but he's feeling better now and didn't require a minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old has struggled to the tune of a .211/.286/.352 batting line over 90 games this season and figures to see part-time duty for the final month of the season. He is starting in left field on Tuesday night.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 03:50:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but right-hander Brad Peacock is expected to be sent to Triple-A to clear a spot on the active roster. Rasmus has been sidelined since August 4 with a cyst in his right ear which required surgery.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 01:40:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear) could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Rasmus has been sidelined since August 4 with a cyst in his right ear which required surgery, but he has apparently shown enough progress where a brief minor league rehab assignment won't be necessary. The 30-year-old is batting just .211/.286/.352 with 12 homers over 90 games this season and will likely be a part-timer down the stretch.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 05:54:00 PM

Colby Rasmus (ear) might not need a rehab assignment before rejoining the Astros.

Rasmus on Saturday ran and went through a normal pre-game routine for a second time. He's eligible to return now but it's possible the Astros could wait until rosters expand.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 11:33:00 AM

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