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) was 0-for-4 in Double-A Montgomery's win over Mississippi on Sunday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran outfielder is 1-for-7 in his first two games since resuming his rehab on Saturday. He's slated for multiple games in the coming week before rejoining the Rays next weekend in Toronto, assuming no setbacks.
Rasmus (groin) played in left field, smacked a double and struck out twice in his rehab game with Double-A Montgomery on Saturday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Saturday's game marked the resumption of Rasmus' rehab after an April 6 outfield collision put a pause on his efforts. The goal remains for Rasmus to join the Rays by next weekend in Toronto after he plays in several more minor-league games during the coming week.
Rasmus (groin) will resume his rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Montgomery, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. He suffered a setback in his rehab earlier this month, but is ready to get back into game action. There is no firm end date, but Topkin reports that a return next weekend in Toronto is possible. For now Corey Dickerson will continue to see the bulk of the work in left field.
Rasmus (groin) is hoping to restart his minor-league rehab assignment sometime this week, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rasmus was playing in rehab games early in April before an outfield collision set him back. He's now hoping to return to game action later this week, with the intention of building himself up to playing full games before returning to the Rays. Barring any further setbacks, he should be looking at a return sometime in early-May.
Rasmus (groin) is close to being ready to play a rehab game at either High-A Charlotte, Double-A Montgomery or Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rasmus had been playing in rehab games earlier this month, but had to stop when he was involved in an outfield collision on April 8. It appears he is now nearly ready to resume in-game action. If all goes well, Rasmus could be back with the Rays by late-April.