Toronto Blue Jays, Colby Rasmus Agree To One-Year Deal

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets set to score a run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a MLB game on September 20, 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Colby Rasmus have agreed to a one-year deal for 2012, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Rasmus, who was arbitration eligible for the first time, will earn $2.7 million in 2012. By reaching an agreement, the two sides have avoided salary arbitration.

Rasmus, who was traded to the Blue Jays mid-season, hit .225/.298/.391 with 14 home runs in 526 plate appearances in 2011. Despite a poor 2011, many believe the 25-year-old has the potential to be a star and only needed a change of scenery to do so. If Rasmus can play up to his potential, the Jays are looking at one of the best offensive lineups in all of baseball.

Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos will now work towards deals with several other arbitration-eligible players, notable second baseman Kelly Johnson and starting pitcher Brandon Morrow.

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