The Tampa Bay Rays made another off-season move and a typical Rays move. They sign Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag and confirmed by Mark Berman of FOX 26. Expect the 30-year-old outfielder to platoon with Mikie Mahtook in left field, as Rasmus is not graded as a good hitter against southpaws.
This is a typical Rays move, as Rasmus is coming off a down year and injured plagued year. They are praying to get the 2013 Rasmus, but the 2015 Rasmus is what they are going to get, which is fine by all means.
In addition, he seems to have a trend of having a good year then strugggling the following season. So if the trend works the way it has, then the 2017 season should be the year he hits around .240 to .245 with 25 homers and driving in 65 RBIs, as in 2016 he struggled at the plate with a .206 batting average hitting only 15 homers and collecting 54 RBIs.
Now, the veteran outfielder makes his return to the American League East. He played in the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 to 2014. He knows the opposition, which is a quiet bonus in signing him.
Finally, he will shift to left field with the best defender in all of baseball patrolling center field in Kevin “The Outlaw” Kiermaier. Rasmus has experience in left field. Rasmus is quietly a solid defender with an above average arm and range to roam, plus the Rays were also looking into an outfielder who could play center field when Kiermaier gets a day off and they found him.
Note: Colby is actually a good base runner. He rarely attempts to swipe bases from the opposition, but expect the Rays to push him to try and steal more often.