Colby Rasmus was a free agent after the 2015 season, but decided to take the Astros' qualifying offer and pocket $15.8 million for a season's work. Houston clearly got the raw end of that deal, and while Rasmus hurt his stock in 2016, the money he made last season should set him up for life. His 75 wRC+ was easily a career worst, and while his .257 BABIP was well below his .294 career mark, normalization in that department without improvements elsewhere would still leave him with a below league average batting line. Advanced defensive metrics liked him in left field last year, and he somehow salvaged a 1.4-win season according to FanGraphs. Rasmus signed with the Rays in January, but even a role on the strong side of a big league platoon is unlikely to be guaranteed heading into spring training, so he can be left undrafted in most mixed leagues.
Rasmus (groin) could be held out of early spring training games according to manager Kevin Cash, the Tampa Bay Times reports. After a pair of October surgeries that addressed core muscle and hip issues, Rasmus will be handled with care early spring training. The veteran slugger slashed just .206/.286/.355 with the Astros in 2016, but did smack 10 doubles and 15 homers, while also driving in 54 runs. He's projected to slot in as both a left fielder and designated hitter in the coming season for the Rays.
Rays Vice President of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom stated that Rasmus (groin) "will be ready for Opening Day or soon after," Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran outfielder underwent a pair of surgeries in October to address a core muscle injury and a hip issue, but the Rays seem to be optimistic that he can return to form in time for much of the 2017 campaign. Once he's fully recovered, Rasmus seems to be in line to play the strong side of a platoon in right field wihile also spending a good portion of time as Tampa Bay's designated hitter, although expectations for him should be tempered until he can prove he's back to his previous form at the plate.
Rasmus (groin) agreed to a deal with the Rays on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Rasmus is coming off of an injury-riddled season with the Astros in which he hit just .206/.286/.355. The Rays are betting on the veteran outfielder to bounce back to his 2014 and 2015 performances in which he posted an OPS of .735 and .789, respectively. Rasmus - who struggles to hit left-handed pitching - will likely slot in on the strong side of a left field platoon with Nick Franklin. He underwent groin surgery this offseason but should be good to go for spring training.
Rasmus was not tendered a qualifying offer by Monday's deadline, making him a free agent, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. After a hot start, Rasmus stumbled through an injury-plagued season to post some of the worst numbers of his career, leaving the Astros no choice but to non-tender him. The 30-year-old does tout the ability to play all three outfield positions as well as some nice left-handed pop, so he could get a decent contract with a team willing to take a risk on his health status heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rasmus (groin) had a pair of surgeries on October 18 to address a hip issue and a core muscle injury, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Rasmus was plagued by multiple injuries in 2016, but it seems like he's spending the early portion of his offseason doing maintenance on various parts of his body. The hip operation was to shave off a bone spur and repair the labrum in his left hip, while the other was to repair a core muscle. Although it sounds like a lot, the free-agent outfielder is expected to be running at 100 percent by January and back to full strength prior to spring training. This could affect his ability to sign with teams over the winter, but it seems like there shouldn't be a problem for fantasy purposes.