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Report: Rays sign Colby Rasmus

Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 18: Colby Rasmus #28 of the Houston Astros greets a fan before taking the field against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on July 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)

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Update (8:45 PM EST): Rasmus will get a base salary in the range of $5 million with bonuses that can push it to around $7 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

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The Rays have signed free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus to a contract, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Details of the deal have yet to be revealed.

Rasmus, 30, had a down year with the Astros this past season. He finished batting .206/.286/.355 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 417 plate appearances. Rasmus had surgery in mid-October to repair his core muscle, shave down a bone spur, and repair the labrum in his left hip.

The Rays were looking for a cheap hitter who could handle corner outfield and some DH. Rasmus fits that bill. Given his career platoon splits -- a .775 OPS against right-handers, .656 against lefties -- the Rays may decide to use him in a platoon.

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