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28 Colby Rasmus LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 8/11/1986 | Birthplace: Columbus, GA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $4,675,000 | Owned/Started%: 16/6 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Jake Marisnick misses second straight for Astros


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) For the second straight game, Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick was not in the starting lineup on Saturday. 

Marisnick is dealing with a leg injury. For the second straight day, he's replaced in center by Colby Rasmus.  

The Astros are +105 money line underdogs at Oakland. 


Astros' Colby Rasmus slugs second home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-5 win over the Mariners Monday.

Rasmus was just 0 for 8 in his last four games before picking up a home run in the fifth inning off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma. He's hit just .200/.273/.500 with two home runs and three RBI in 30 at-bats.


Jake Marisnick out of Astros' lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick is out of the team's starting lineup on Sunday. 

Colby Rasmus moves over from left field to play center, and Robbie Grossman fills in at left field, batting ninth. 


Astros tweak lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch chose to roll with Jonathan Villar at third base and Robbie Grossman in left field Friday night against left-hander Derek Holland and the Rangers, per MLB.com. Luis Valbuena and Colby Rasmus received a day off against the southpaw.

Hinch also flip-flopped struggling DH Evan Gattis and Chris Carter in the batting order. Gattis has started his stint with the Astros 0 for 11 with eighth strikeouts. He will hit fifth, while Carter will move to the cleanup spot.


Astros' Colby Rasmus getting acclimated to left field


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus is used to seeing the ball from the center. This spring, Rasmus is moving back over to left field, where he last played six seasons ago. He still feels right in the position, reports MLB.com.

"I feel all right out there," Rasmus said. "I feel pretty comfortable. I'm kind of trying to take it easy and not try to, I guess, overdo it. I guess I'm playing a little cautious. It's still early, and I don't want to overdo it by trying to make things happen that aren't there. I'm trying to kind of learn it and take it slow, but I feel good so far."

Manager A.J. Hinch said he thinks Rasmus will see some time in center, but Jake Marisnick will be the primary starter.

"If that's what A.J. thinks will help us win, I'm fine with moving back and forth on days, or whatever he wants to do matchup-wise," Rasmus said. "I don't have a problem with it. When I get out there, I'm just going to play hard. We all make mistakes. My goal is if I do make mistakes, not dwell on it and get back out there and make the next one."


Marisnick to work in CF, Rasmus at corner OF spots early in camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday outfielder Jake Marisnick will play in center field at the outset of spring training, per MLB.com. He is considered one of the top candidates to start in center field for Houston.

Hinch also said Colby Rasmus, who is another candidate to start in center, will get work at both corner outfield spots this spring.


Astros sign Colby Rasmus to one-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) The Astros announced Tuesday they signed outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal. Rasmus will make $8 million next season, according to FOX Sports.

Rasmus has spent six seasons in the majors, playing for the Cardinals and Blue Jays. He has hit more than 20 home runs three times. He hit .225 with 18 home runs, 21 doubles and 40 RBI in 104 games in 2014 for Toronto.

Rasmus has a career .217 average with one home run and two RBI in 20 games at Minute Maid Park.


Astros, Rasmus reach 1-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) The Astros have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Rasmus is expected to sign a one-year deal.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Rasmus was in Houston to take a physical.

"I've always been tight with [general manager Jeff Luhnow] and he's always been good to me," Rasmus told MLB.com. "I've always like playing against the Astros and like the way they've handled themselves. Jeff being the scouting director who drafted me, it's pretty enticing."

Rasmus has spent six seasons in the majors, playing for the Cardinals and Blue Jays. He has hit more than 20 home runs three times. He hit .225 with 18 home runs, 21 doubles and 40 RBI in 104 games in 2014 for Toronto.

Rasmus has a career .217 average with one home run and two RBI in 20 games at Minute Maid Park.


Astros have interest in signing Colby Rasmus


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) The Astros are considering signing outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Rasmus was in Houston on Tuesday to take a physical, according to MLB.com.

"I've always been tight with [general manager Jeff Luhnow] and he's always been good to me," Rasmus said. "I've always like playing against the Astros and like the way they've handled themselves. Jeff being the scouting director who drafted me, it's pretty enticing."

Rasmus added he has no deal with the Astros yet.

"Here to make sure everything’s good, the ticker’s good and we’ll go from there," he said.

Rasmus has spent six seasons in the majors, playing for the Cardinals and Blue Jays. He has hit more than 20 home runs three times. He hit .225 with 18 home runs, 21 doubles and 40 RBI in 104 games in 2014 for Toronto.


Colby Rasmus wants one-year deal worth more than $7 million


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus is seeking a one-year deal in excess of the $7 million salary he made in 2014, a source told The Baltimore Sun. It appears that is more than the Orioles are willing to go right now.

The Rays, Royals and Cubs have also reportedly shown interest in the 28-year-old outfielder this offseason.


Report: Orioles talks with Colby Rasmus gaining steam


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) The Orioles contract talks with outfielder Colby Rasmus are gaining steam, according to ESPN.

The two sides have been linked for weeks now, but it's unclear whether Baltimore will pull the trigger. Manager Buck Showalter met with Rasmus a few weeks ago, but the team did not make an immediate offer following the meeting. Both sides are reportedly interested in a one-year deal. That would allow Rasmus to build his value and head into free agency following the 2015 season.

Rasmus is coming off a season in which he hit .225/.287/.448 over 346 at-bats.


Report: Rays interested in outfielder Colby Rasmus


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) Sources indicated the Rays have had discussions with outfielder Colby Rasmus, reports FOX Sports.

Rasmus is a free agent and hit .225 with 18 home runs and 40 RBI for the Blue Jays in 2014. The Orioles have also expressed interest in signing Rasmus.


No deal imminent between Orioles, Colby Rasmus


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) The Orioles are not close to a deal with outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The two sides have shown a mutual interest, but nothing is close. Manager Buck Showalter met with the 28-year-old outfielder on Saturday, but that didn't change the situation. Rasmus is open to joining the team on a one-year deal in order to rebuild his value. He hit .225/.287/.448 over 346 at-bats last year. 


Report: Orioles' Buck Showalter to meet with Colby Rasmus


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter will meet with free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A deal between the two sides is not close, though Baltimore does have interest in the 28-year-old outfielder. The meeting with Showalter will gauge whether Rasmus can fit in the Orioles clubhouse. Showalter had similar meetings with both Delmon Young and Nelson Cruz in previous seasons, so this isn't the first time he's met with a possible target. Rasmus was shipped out of St. Louis due to character concerns, though things have mostly been quiet on that front since he joined Toronto.

The Orioles are interested in bringing Rasmus in on a one-year deal, which would allow him to rebuild his value in order to make more money next offseason. Showalter and Rasmus are set to meet in the next couple of days. 

Rasmus is coming off a season in which he hit .225/.287/.448 over 346 at-bats.


Report: Cubs unlikely to add Colby Rasmus


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Cubs are unlikely to add outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to CSN Chicago.

The club reportedly met with Rasmus, and had been mentioned as one of the favorites to sign the 28-year-old outfielder. That not longer appears to be the case. The Cubs are said to be interested in adding an outfielder, but Rasmus is no longer on the team's radar. 

Rasmus hit .225/.287/.448 over 346 at-bats last season.


Report: Cubs recently met with free agent OF Colby Rasmus


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Cubs recently met with free agent Colby Rasmus and are among several teams showing interest in the 28-year-old outfielder, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Report: Royals interested in free agent OF Rasmus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Royals are kicking the tires on free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to ESPN, which is claiming that the team is enamored with his defense and power.

Rasmus is coming off a season in which he compiled a slash line of .225/.287/.448. He has averaged nearly 20 home runs in his six major league seasons.


Outfielders Aoki, Rasmus, Young on radar for Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) After losing outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency, the Orioles are talking to outfielders Norichika Aoki, Colby Rasmus and Delmon Young, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Report: Colby Rasmus could be option for Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) With the Orioles unable to re-sign Nelson Cruz, if they are also are unable to bring back outfielder Nick Markakis, then the team might consider signing outfielder Colby Rasmus to a short-term deal, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

Rasmus just finished up his third full season with the Blue Jays. He joined the team in July 2011 in a trade with the Cardinals. He hit .234 with a .433 slugging percentage and .728 OPS in 408 games with Toronto.


Colby Rasmus goes yard Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus hit his 18th home run Saturday against the Red Sox. 

Rasmus entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. With a man on, Rasmus belted a 74 mph changeup out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 2, with one run scored and two RBI.


Colby Rasmus stays stuck to the bench


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus has yet to start a game in the month of September, as he was coming off the bench yet again Saturday against the Red Sox.

Rasmus told reporters earlier in the week he has been benched, as the team gets a look at younger players. He is out of the lineup Saturday even after Melky Cabrera's season-ending finger injury, and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties over the last five games.

"I'll be playing whenever they think I should play and I'm just going to be sitting around watching these rookies play," Rasmus said, via the National Post, Tuesday.

Rasmus has taken a step back this season, his last before becoming a free agent for the first time. He is hitting .227/.288/.448 with 17 home runs in 335 at-bats. 


Colby Rasmus returns from illness Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus is back in the lineup Friday against the Yankees, after he was scratched due to an illness earlier in the week. He is serving as the designated hitter for Friday's game.  

Colby Rasmus scratched with illness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus has been scratched due to an illness, according to Sportsnet.

Rasmus was initially in the lineup, but was unable to go. Kevin Pillar received the start in center in Rasmus' place. Rasmus is hitting .223/.285/.437 over 327 at-bats. 


Colby Rasmus clubs two-run homer in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus did his part, but his contribution went to waste in a 9-3 loss to the Orioles Tuesday.

Rasmus had just one hit, but accounted for nearly all of the team's offense with his two-run home run. He scored once and struck out twice while going 1 for 4 in the losing effort.

Rasmus has just three hits over his last six games, and is hitting just .219 for the season, albeit with 15 home runs and 35 RBI in 260 at-bats overall. 


Lateness costs Colby Rasmus start Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was scratched from the lineup Thursday for showing up late to the ballpark, MLB.com has reported. He was replaced by Nolan Reimold, who slammed two home runs, including the game-winner.

John Gibbons declined to elaborate on his decision, but Rasmus was open about it and apologetic. "I was late getting here to the field," he admitted. "Wasn't here when I was supposed to be and they punished me, as they should have. ... No excuse. Just got caught up eating lunch with the family, got caught up in a little traffic and didn't make it on time."

Rasmus is struggling through a poor season in which he has compiled a stat line of .218/.279/.448.