Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration with Colby Rasmus

September 23, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We can cross another item off of the Blue Jays offseason to-do list. On Monday, Toronto and center fielder Colby Rasmus avoided arbitration and agreed on a one-year deal worth $4.67 millon.

The Rasmus signing leaves the Blue Jays with three more arbitration eligible players in Emilio Bonifacio, J.A. Happ, and Josh Thole, with Friday being the deadline for the club and players to exchange salary figures for 2013.

Rasmus earned $2.7 million in 2012, a season in which he hit .223 with a .689 OPS, 23 home runs, and 75 RBI while playing in 151 games for Toronto. The 26-year-old looked to be turning things around when the he hit .291 with 8 home runs, 25 RBI, and a .878 OPS in June, but he struggled down the stretch, hitting just .186 over the final three months of the season. In fact, after reviewing his splits for the season, June was the only month he was truly productive.

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
April/March 23 89 82 9 19 3 2 3 11 1 6 21 .232 .281 .427 .708 .271
May 27 105 93 11 22 7 1 3 10 2 11 19 .237 .317 .430 .747 .268
June 27 124 117 20 34 6 0 8 25 1 5 22 .291 .331 .547 .878 .299
July 25 109 94 14 18 3 1 4 18 0 11 25 .191 .284 .372 .657 .209
August 22 90 84 4 14 1 0 3 5 0 5 33 .167 .222 .286 .508 .229
Sept/Oct 27 108 95 17 19 1 1 2 6 0 9 29 .200 .280 .295 .575 .262

With the Blue Jays shifting things into high gear this winter, 2013 needs to be a big year for Rasmus. Since coming to Toronto in 2011, the center fielder has failed to live up to his potential and has been worth just 0.3 bWAR during his year and a half with the Blue Jays. With Anthony Gose heading back to Triple-A in order to position himself as Toronto’s center fielder of the future, Rasmus will have to turn things around right out of the gate next season or risk losing his job in 2014.

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  • RyanMueller

    I wonder how much the rib injury contributed to Rasmus’ terrible 2nd have or if was just his inability to make the necessary adjustments as the league adjusted to him. Either way I hope he is able to get a few more hits and maintain the power numbers.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      The power is certainly there, and is a big boon for the Blue Jays from the left side of the plate. Still, if he cannot get his average up, time will run out on Rasmus.

      • RyanMueller

        I agree that he has the power, but can we afford to have two guys, I am talking about JPA, that hit have a slash of roughly .220/.290/.400. I don’t think we can. So either JP or Colby need to step it up in the hit and on base department.

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