The Tampa Bay Rays have come to terms on an agreement with veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus, sources inform Fan Rag Sports.
The club desperately needed to add to its lineup.
As Rasmus lands in Tampa Bay, he would certainly become a viable option both in left field and as a designated hitter. It is also worth noting that he could also serve as a backup in center field behind Gold Glover Kevin Kiermaier.
Despite his ability in the outfield, especially defensively, Kiermaier has become quite the oft-injured player as of late.
The 30-year-old Rasmus has already suited up for the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros as a result of his eight-year big league career. Most recently serving a two-year stint in Houston, Rasmus encountered a down year in what would become his final go-round as a member of the Astros.
However, he is just one season removed from a 2015 campaign that saw him produce a single-season career-high 25 home runs alongside 61 RBI. While making 137 regular season appearances during that 2015 season, he then went on to appear in just 107 games for a disappointing Astros team last season.
Following that 2015 success, Rasmus accepted Houston’s $15.8 million qualifying offer, one of three players last winter to do so. He was not extended such an offer this offseason.
Over the course of 369 at bats from 2016, Rasmus batted a mere .206 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI to accompany his underwhelming .286 on-base percentage.