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) says he expects to open the season on the disabled list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rasmus, who has been held out of fielding drills throughout camp, believes he's still not ready to play in the outfield, a prerequisite for regular playing time. Although Rasmus has appeared in four games as a DH this spring, it's unlikely the Rays would continue with this strategy when the season begins. Look for Mallex Smith to take over left field if Rasmus does indeed end up on the DL.
Rasmus (groin), who is back in the lineup for Sunday's exhibition matchup, is set to serve as the designated hitter both Sunday and Monday, Rays broadcaster Steve Carney reports. After logging some at-bats on two consecutive days, Rasmus is then slated to get a few days of rest. The team is still optimistic that Rasmus will be ready for Opening Day, but with several quality DH options already on the roster, he'll likely need to start playing the field soon if he wants his playing time to be consistent.
Rasmus (hip/groin) may start playing designated hitter sometime during the week of March 20, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. His fantasy status will remain shaky until he demonstrates he's healthy enough to play. Even when Rasmus is back on the field, though, his well-known issues with plate discipline and Tampa Bay's crowded outfield and designated hitter picture likely will limit how much he can contribute.
Rasmus (hip, groin) indicated that he's performing well in batting practices, but is "not close" to playing in Grapefruit League games, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rasmus has been eased along slowly in spring training following offseason surgeries to address his core muscles and a left hip injury, and it's unclear if he'll be able to make it back on the field before Opening Day arrives. Even if Rasmus is forced to open the season on the DL, it doesn't sound as though he'd be sidelined for long. The 30-year-old will likely see at-bats against right-handed pitching as either a corner outfielder or DH once he's healthy again.
Rasmus (groin) was able to take batting practice Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rasmus has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut, but the Rays never planned to have him see game action until the second half of spring training after he required surgeries in October to address hip and core muscle injuries. If Rasmus is able to regain health by the time the season arrives, he'll likely be deployed in some sort of platoon in the corner outfield.