With the number of left-handed-hitting outfielders available on the free-agent market dwindling, the Orioles have turned their focus to a potential deal with veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to an industry source.
The club had interest in Rasmus throughout the offseason, but there was question whether the 31-year-old wanted to play this year after spending the second half of last season on the restricted list because he decided he wanted to “step away from baseball.” Now interest appears mutual.
The Orioles have pursued Rasmus in the past, with Orioles manager Buck Showalter visiting his home in Alabama when he was a free agent before the 2015 season. Rasmus signed with the Houston Astros instead and played there for two seasons before signing with the Tampa Bay Rays in January 2017.
Before going on the restricted list July 13, Rasmus landed on the disabled list June 23 with left hip tendinitis. He also opened last season on the DL while recovering from hip surgery. Still, Rasmus was productive last season when healthy, hitting nine homers and posting an .896 OPS in 23 games with the Rays.
Before last season, Rasmus averaged 21 homers a year over a five-year span from 2012 to 2016 while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays and Astros.
Orioles' continued pursuit of lefty outfield bat leading them to Colby Rasmus
Baltimore Sun | Feb 21