The Tampa Bay Rays 2016 roster is continuing to take shape as spring training gets closer. The Rays have reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with Colby Rasmus. The outfielder has spent the previous two seasons playing for the Houston Astros. He has also spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Toronto Blue Jays. It would be a massive understatement to say that Rasmus had a disappointing 2016 season.
Rasmus became the first player to accept a qualifying offer prior to the 2016 season. Doing this guaranteed him more than $15 million. It is fair to say that the Astros would have never extended the qualifying offer to Rasmus if they thought there was the slightest chance he would accept it. He earned the most money on the Houston roster last year and he certainly did not earn it. He hit a paltry .206 for the season. A change of scenery could do him some good.
Colby Rasmus figures to play a lot in the outfield for the Rays. However, he might also see some time at designated hitter to allow some of the Rays younger players to get some time in the outfield. The exact details of his contract have not yet been revealed. However, it is a very safe bet that he will be making much less than he did last year. Rasmus put up the poorest numbers of his career in 2016. However, injuries definitely played a role. He had surgery to repair a lingering problem with his right hip after the season concluded. This hip issue prevented him from being able to run like he once did.
The hitting coach of the Rays is Chad Mottola. This is important because Mottola was the hitting coach in Toronto when Rasmus had the greatest year of his career.