Troy Taormina, USA Today

Storylines: Colby Rasmus signs with Rays

The Rays inked outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one year deal on Monday in what was a quiet day of activity around the league...

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- The Tampa Bay Rays have been looking for another bat to add to their lineup and completed that search with the addition of outfielder Colby Rasmus on a one-year, $5MM deal per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.  The veteran had a rough go of it in 2016 with the Houston Astros as he battled injuries throughout the season and managed just a .206/.286/.355 slash line with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs on the year.  It was a disappointing year after he had success in 2015 and came back to the Astros after accepting the qualifying offer given to him in the 2015 offseason.  The veteran’s time in Houston came to an end when the Astros inked veterans Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran.  He is now taking his talents to the Rays where he will play the corner outfield spots against right-handed pitching as well as see some time at the designated hitter’s spot and also will spell relief for center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.  Rasmus should be a good veteran presence in a rather young Rays clubhouse.

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- Washington Nationals righty Max Scherzer has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger per a club announcement.  The injury will prevent him from participating in the World Baseball Classic and he will instead prepare for Spring Training where he is expected to be a full participant.

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