The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration by signing outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one–year, $4.675MM deal according to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm on Monday.
The 26-year old remains under team control through 2014 after a season in which he hit 23 home runs, 75 RBIs and posted a .223/.289/.400 batting line.
He has a .243 average with 76 homers and 246 RBIs in four big league seasons with St. Louis and the Blue Jays who acquired him in July 2011.
Rasmus, who made $2.7 million last year, was one of four prominent Blue Jays’ players who were eligible for salary arbitration this off-season
There was a stretch from late May through early July that Rasmus was one of the best hitting outfielders in the game. He posted a .299 average before succumbing to a groin injury during the final month of the season, which appeared to impact his ability not only at the plate but in the field as well.
Luckily for the Jays he is expected to be healthy by the start of Spring Training.