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Rays agree to deal with OF Rasmus, according to reports

The Rays have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, right, pending the outcome of a physical.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

The Rays have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, right, pending the outcome of a physical.

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The Rays have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus pending the outcome of a physical.

The team would not comment on the news first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Rasmus, 30, a center fielder for most of his eight-year career, figures to play left field and DH for the Rays while serving as a major league-caliber backup for center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. He also has experience playing right field.

The left-handed hitter has career splits of .241 batting average, .311 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging percentage. He has hit at least 22 home runs in a season four times with a high of 25 in 2015 with the Astros.

A first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2005, Rasmus played three-plus years with the Blue Jays before going to the Astros in 2015 as a free agent.

His addition adds another left-handed bat to the outfield with Kiermaier and Corey Dickerson.

Dickerson could find himself serving more as a DH next season.

Rasmus made $15.8 million last season after accepting the Astros' qualifying offer following a season in which he batted .238 with a .475 slugging percentage with 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 137 games.

Those numbers tailed off last season when he hit .206 with a .355 slugging percentage, 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 107 games.

[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2017 8:18pm]

    

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