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Outfielder Colby Rasmus stepped away from baseball during the 2017 season, but the Baltimore Orioles have offered him a route back into the game.
The Associated Press reported the news Wednesday, noting Rasmus was in camp to complete a physical and sign a minor league contract (h/t ESPN.com).
This comes after the Tampa Bay Rays announced in July that Rasmus was stepping away from the game, being placed him on the restricted list as a result. What’s more, hip surgery prevented his 2017 debut until May 2, so he played just 37 games during his one season with the Rays.
He slashed .281/.318/.579 in those 37 contests, with nine home runs and 23 RBI.
Rasmus has also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros and isn’t far removed from being a significant power threat.
He drilled a career-high 25 long balls for Houston in 2015, which marked the fourth time he surpassed 20 home runs. He also has a .242 career batting average and .311 on-base percentage and has thrived in the postseason.
Rasmus has played nine playoff games, for the Cardinals and Astros, and sports a .423/.571/1.038 slash line with four home runs.
While it is a small sample size, the 31-year-old could be a veteran leader who thrives under pressure down the stretch if the Orioles are competing for a playoff spot.
Baltimore will need plenty of offense to overcome the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the American League East, and Rasmus would provide some power if he recaptures the form he demonstrated in his prime.