Jays Escape Arbitration, Sign Rasmus

by Matthew on January 15, 2012

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed one of their six unsigned arbitration-eligible players, Colby Rasmus to a one-year contract worth $2.7MM.

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Toronto acquired the former top prospect from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, and in 35 games after, he hit just .173/.201/.316 with three homers, 13 RBI and a .517 OPS over 140 plate appearances, while battling a wrist sprain.

The 25-year-old has a career slash line of .251/.322/.432 in his three MLB seasons, and  still has loads of ability.

Rasmus will be just one of the many emerging young talents for the 2012 Blue Jays,  who are loaded with the likes of Brett Lawrie, J.P Arencibia, Eric Thames and Henderson Alvarez. All of these players were great contributors to the Blue Jays throughout the 2011 season and expect to do the same in 2012.

If Rasmus can return to the prominence that he displayed in his rookie year, he will be at the center of Toronto’s core.

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