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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: COLBY RASMUS REMAINS POWER SPECIALIST IN MOVING TO TAMPA

The Tampa Bay Rays never met a discounted player they weren't interested in and so it was no surprise when they came to terms on a contract with slugging but limited outfielder Colby Rasmus on Monday.  Having been the rare prospect not to pan out in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Rasmus made his way to Toronto and then Houston where he cemented himself as a home run and nothing else hitter.  Now in terms of the power, Rasmus has been a help there but only in an outfielder 3 realm.  From 2012 through 2015, Ramus hit 20 or more home runs in three of those four seasons but with very ugly batting averages.  A pure slugger all the way, Ramus' very high K rates have made him just a .241 career hitter.  Making matters more sketchy, Ramus comes off a terrible 2016 campaign where he hit just 15 home runs and batted .206 which is why he came so cheap to the Rays on a one-year deal worth $5 million.  The Rays have been known to reinvigorate stagnant careers though and so it should not be a shock if Rasmus goes out and hit 20-25 home runs again but with the ugly average and zero speed.  Leave him for AL-only leagues if you can.


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