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Colby Rasmus | Outfielder

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Astros signed OF Colby Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million contract.
The deal came together quickly on Tuesday. Rasmus batted just .225/.287/.448 in 2014 for the Blue Jays, but he had a really good 2013 and was once a top prospect in the Cardinals' system. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow actually selected Rasmus in the first round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, when he was the Cardinals' vice president of player procurement, so it's a reunion of sorts. Rasmus will try to rebuild his value at age 28. He should remain a decent power threat in fantasy. Jan 20 - 5:04 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Astros and free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus have agreed to a one-year contract.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi hears that it will be worth $8 million. Rasmus gives the Astros yet another option for center field along with Jake Marisnick and George Springer. They have a lot of moving pieces in their lineup, including the recently-acquired Evan Gattis.
Jan 20 - 3:30 PM

Colby Rasmus told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he's in Houston for a physical.

Rasmus said nothing is done, but this would seem to indicate that the two sides are very close to a deal. The 28-year-old appears upbeat about the possibility. "I've always been tight with [GM Jeff Luhnow] and he's always been good to me," Rasmus told McTaggart. The Orioles and Rays have also been mentioned as possibilities for Rasmus in recent weeks.
Jan 20 - 1:58 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are talking to free agent outfielder Colby Ramsus.

SB Nation's Crawfish Boxes heard a tip that Rasmus is in the Houston area, which is an indication that something could be close. At the very least, the Astros should be considered a strong possibility in the wake of the Dexter Fowler deal. It's worth noting that Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has a connection with Rasmus dating back to his days with the Cardinals. Houston would be a decent landing spot for Rasmus from a fantasy perspective, but he'd be yet another high-strikeout guy in a lineup that already has a bunch of them.
Jan 20 - 1:34 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that free agent Colby Rasmus is seeking a one-year deal in excess of the $7 million he made in 2014.

Encina adds that $7 million is more than the Orioles are willing to pay. Talks between Rasmus and the Orioles had reportedly been "gaining steam" lately. Rasmus has also talked with the Rays. The 28-year-old batted .225/.287/.448 with 18 home runs and 40 RBI in 376 plate appearances for the Blue Jays in 2014.
Jan 15 - 1:30 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that talks between the Orioles and Colby Rasmus are "gaining steam."

Manager Buck Showalter flew down to Alabama to meet with Rasmus last weekend and the outfielder has looked like the team's top target for a while. He's expected to only require a one-year contract, in which case he would be a nice gamble by the Orioles. Rasmus hit just .225/.287/.448 in 2014 but batted .276/.338/.501 in 2013.
Jan 8 - 9:26 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rays have had discussions with free agent Colby Rasmus.

The division-rival Orioles are also pursuing Rasmus -- so much so that manager Buck Showalter flew down to Alabama to meet with the 28-year-old outfielder this past weekend at his offseason home. Rasmus struggled in 2014 with the Blue Jays, but he's shown flashes of high-level production in the past and the belief is that he would be willing to accept a one-year deal. It'd be a worthwhile flier for Tampa Bay.
Jan 5 - 3:22 PM

Colby Rasmus came away with a "very favorable impression" of Orioles manager Buck Showalter after the two met this weekend, per FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

Showalter flew down to Colby's offseason home in Alabama for a face-to-face meeting. The Orioles are obviously in serious pursuit of the 28-year-old free agent outfielder, who's thought to be open to a one-year deal after finishing the 2014 season with a rough .225/.287/.448 batting line. Rasmus hit .276/.338/.501 in 2013.
Jan 5 - 1:18 PM

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is scheduled to meet with free agent Colby Rasmus in Alabama in the next few days.

Rasmus has flirted with high-level production in some of his six major league seasons, but he had a disappointing 2014 and has clashed with certain teammates and managers in the past, specifically in St. Louis. Encina says Rasmus has become the O's primary focus, but they want to be sure he's the right fit for their clubhouse. Rasmus is only 29 years old and posted an impressive .276/.338/.501 slash line in 2013 with the Blue Jays. He could be a steal if everything clicks. Baltimore is considering making a one-year offer.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles believe Colby Rasmus "would accept a one-year deal in the $5-8 million range."

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirms that Rasmus may be willing to take a one-year deal in order to rebuild his value following a down 2014 campaign. Rasmus is just 29 and is a year removed from a .276/.338/.501 slash line, so he'd be a nice gamble on a one-year pact. The Orioles have also been connected to Norichika Aoki and Marlon Byrd in their search for a bat.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 11:13:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Orioles continue to have "ongoing dialogue" with Colby Rasmus.

Rasmus has struggled to build a healthy free agent market for himself this winter after posting an ugly .225 batting average and .287 on-base percentage in 2014 for the Blue Jays. But he did still manage to hit 18 home runs, and the 28-year-old outfielder is just a season removed from an impressive .276/.338/.501 slash line. Rasmus should find a home soon. Baltimore would be a nice fit for his potential fantasy value.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 08:47:00 AM

CSNChicago's Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs will not sign Colby Rasmus.

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported on the Cubs' interest in Rasmus on Sunday, but it appears there's not a match there. Rasmus had a down season in his walk year, batting just .225/.287/.448, but he still cranked 18 homers and would be an outfield upgrade for some. The Orioles are known to have interest.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 06:04:00 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Cubs recently met with Colby Rasmus.

Davidi says they're one of "several" teams to show interest in the outfielder, with the Orioles known to be on that list. Rasmus had a down season in his walk year, batting just .225/.287/.448, but he still cranked 18 homers and is just a year removed from hitting .276/.338/.501 with 22 dingers. The Cubs could play Rasmus at a corner outfield spot or put him in center field if they feel Arismendy Alcantara could use a little more seasoning.
Source: Sportsnet
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 03:55:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Colby Rasmus is on the Royals' list of outfield options.

They like his power potential and defense, but his struggles against left-handed pitching and low OBP could be sticking points. The Orioles are also thought to be in on Rasmus, who batted just .225 with a .287 on-base percentage in 2014 for the Blue Jays but also slugged 18 home runs in 104 games. He's only 28 years old.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 05:30:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Orioles could consider Colby Rasmus on a short deal if they are unable to re-sign Nick Markakis.

The O's were reportedly discussing a four-year deal with Markakis last month and remain interested in re-signing him, but Rasmus makes sense as a cheaper backup plan. The 28-year-old batted just .225 with a .287 on-base percentage this season, but he also hit 18 home runs in 104 games. There could still be some upside remaining.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 01:36:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
3Max Stassi
1B1Chris Carter
2Jon Singleton
3Dan Johnson
2B1Jose Altuve
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
4Gregorio Petit
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Colby Rasmus
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Evan Gattis
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S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Dan Straily
6Brad Peacock
7Roberto Hernandez
8Vince Velasquez
9Michael Feliz
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PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Samuel Deduno
8Kevin Chapman
9Joe Thatcher
10Darin Downs
11James Hoyt
12Jason Stoffel