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.
Although Rasmus (groin) is meeting the Rays in Miami on Monday, his activation is likely to be delayed until Tuesday or Wednesday, in part due to the uncertainty regarding the severity of Steven Souza's hand injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rasmus and Souza's fates are interwoven in the short term: The team has to ensure the latter won't need to go on the disabled list for the hand injury he sustained when he was hit by a pitch in Saturday's game. If it's ultimately determined that Souza will indeed be sidelined for an extended period, Shane Peterson, who would otherwise be designated for assignment to make room for Rasmus, would be needed as Souza's short-term replacement.
Rasmus (groin) is expected to resume his rehab assignment Sunday after feeling ill over the weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. It's unclear how long Rasmus had been dealing with the sickness, but hopefully that goes to explain his rough performance thus far. Nonetheless, he is expected to be fine as the conclusion of the weekend approaches, although this hiccup could push Rasmus' return date to Wednesday when the Rays return to Tampa Bay to take on Miami.
Rasmus (groin) might remain with Double-A Montgomery on his rehab assignment this weekend and join the Rays on Monday in Miami, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Originally slated to return Friday, Rasmus is 1-for-16 with a walk during his rehab stint, so the club probably wants him to see more live pitches before entrusting him with a major-league job again. Upon his return, he'll occupy at least a top-side platoon job in left field. Rasmus could help a bit as a cheap pickup and a matchup play against right-handed pitching in deep mixed leagues, especially those that start five outfielders, though his woeful plate discipline may restrict the impact of any power he offers.
Rasmus (groin) remains on track to be available to the Rays beginning Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran outfielder is working off the rust at Double-A Montgomery and is 1-for-9 over the last three games with the Biscuits. Rasmus is projected to be the primary left fielder upon his arrival in Tampa, although how quickly he'll be thrust into action remains in question.
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.