Colby Rasmus on a One-Year Deal?
There was an article today on mlbtraderumors.com about the San Francisco Giants’ remaining needs this off-season. It has me thinking that Colby Rasmus could be an excellent sign for left field if the price is right.
I feel better about Giants’ current options at 3B (Eduardo Nunez and Connor Gallaspie as a platoon with Kelby Tomlinson and either Ehire Adrianza or Jimmy Rollins as the other back-up possibilities) than I do about the team’s third, fourth and fifth outfielders being Mac Williamson, Jarrett Parker and Gyorkis Hernandez.
I don’t hate any of these three — I’m confident that Jarrett Parker will be a major league back-up outfielder in 2017, and Hernandez could become the next Glegor Blanco or Andres Torres — but it’s hard for me to imagine that the Giants will go into the 2017 with three mostly LFers who have this little major league experience. I also can’t see the Gints thinking that Michael Morse who will be 35 next season and hasn’t played since last April is a realistic veteran option.
Thus, Colby Rasmus, who might come very cheap off a season in which he hit only .206. His 2016 OPS (.641) is more than 100 basis points lower than his career OPS (.744), so he’s a great bounce-back candidate at age 30, particularly given that he still runs pretty well.
Rasmus also plays good D in LF, which would be valuable with a CF in Denard Span who doesn’t cover a lot of ground anymore.
As for right-handed relievers, the Giants did sign one player this off-season which hasn’t received much attention, since it was a minor league deal. However, this guy has up-side.
The Giants signed Neil Ramirez, who will be 28 next May. He is a former 1st round draft pick who had a terrific 2014 season for the Cubs, when he had a 1.44 ERA in 50 relief appearances with a pitching line of 43.1 IP, 29 hits, two HRs and 17 walks allowed and 53 Ks. He had shoulder and left abdominal injuries in 2015, and in brief stints with three different major league teams this past season he had trouble throwing strikes. However, he was very effective in 16 appearances and 20.1 IP at AAA Rochester at the end of the 2016 season.
Ramirez definitely has up-side if he’s healthy in 2017, and he could be the next in a long line of effective (at least in the short term) right-handed relievers the Giants have signed to minor league deals in the last two decades.