Veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a one-year deal on a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, as first reported by Mark Feinsand.
Per source, OF Colby Rasmus has a deal with the Orioles.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 21, 2018
Rasmus has been in the league nine seasons and has played with the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and, in 2017, with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 31-year-old Rasmus will compete for a platoon spot in right field with the Orioles this spring.
The deal would potentially bring Rasmus’ lefty bat to a predominantly right-handed lineup for the Orioles. Alex Presley, who was signed by the team on Monday, and Chris Davis are the only other left-handed bats for the team.
Rasmus joined the Rays on a one-year contract in 2017 after coming off hip surgery. Unfortunately, Rasmus was unable to begin the season until May 2, and he made two trips to the disabled list before the All-Star Break as a result of the chronic hip injury. On July 13, he announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from Major League Baseball.
Prior to going on MLB’s restricted list last season, Rasmus had been hitting .281/.318/.579 with nine home runs in 37 games.
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun assessed the acquisition of Rasmus for the Orioles:
Rasmus, 31, emerged from that pack as the leading candidate for the Orioles, mainly because if healthy he has the potential to help the team’s outfield defense, something that’s been an offseason priority.
In Rasmus, the Orioles have acquired not only an effective lefty bat, but also a solid, well-respected defender who will be a welcome addition to the outfield.