Another day, another rumor about the Royals being interested in one of the outfield bats that are currently available. This time, according to Jerry Crasnick, the Royals are interested in former Cardinal and Blue Jay Colby Rasmus, potentially kicking the tires on what it would take to bring him back to Missouri.
When he is right, Rasmus could be the type of bat the Royals are looking for in the middle of the lineup. He has hit over 20 home runs three times in his career, and had put together a solid 2013 season, posting a .276/.338/.501 batting line. His OPS+ from that year, 127, would have led the Royals last season. However, last year would have been a different story, as Rasmus produced a .225/.287/.448 batting line with 18 home runs.
Yes, Colby Rasmus has the power that the Royals would seemingly need. However, as Crasnick noted, Rasmus does come with numerous drawbacks. His career batting line against lefties, .213/.287/.361, is practically at a level on par with Mike Moustakas. When one is talking about how a player hits against lefties, that is never a good thing.
However, despite the fact that it seems as though Rasmus has been around forever, he is only 28 years old. In theory, Rasmus is about to enter his prime, and could begin to string together seasons like his excellent 2013 campaign. Yet, given his injury history, his questionable attitude and inability to make consistent contact, the Royals may be better off passing on this option.
Colby Rasmus would seemingly fill the holes that the Royals have, both in the lineup and in the outfield. However, he does not fit the overall makeup of the lineup, and just may not be worth the cost to bring in.