Rasmus, Blue Jays agree to one-year deal
By Tom Singer / MLB.com | 01/15/12 5:41 PM EST
Center fielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a $2.7 million contract with the Blue Jays for 2012, thereby avoiding arbitration.
Toronto acquired Rasmus in a midseason trade with St. Louis, and the Blue Jays are hoping the 25-year-old left-handed hitter can rebound after a rough introduction to the American League.
Rasmus was batting .246 with 11 homers in 94 games with the Cardinals before being involved in the eight-player trade days prior to the Trade Deadline. With the Blue Jays, Rasmus batted .173 in 35 games, with three homers.
In addition to Rasmus, the Blue Jays landed pitchers P.J. Walters, Trever Miller and Brian Tallet in return for right-handers Edwin Jackson and Octavio Dotel, lefty Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Corey Patterson.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported the agreement, via Twitter.
The agreement with Rasmus leaves the Blue Jays with five players eligible for salary arbitration: Outfielder Ben Francisco, pitchers Casey Janssen, Brandon Morrow and Carlos Villanueva and second baseman Kelly Johnson.