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.
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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.