Bob Elliott cuts to the chase in the Toronto Sun:
Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching.
Toronto probably wants a good, cost-controlled starter in return for the 27-year-old Rasmus, who had an .840 OPS, 22 homers and 66 RBI in 118 games this summer. He’s a strong defensive center fielder and only expected to get around $6.5 million in salary arbitration for 2014.
Rasmus will be a free agent after the 2014 season and the Jays obviously aren’t sure they can sign him to a long-term extension. So they may as well make an upgrade at an area of great need — the rotation.
The Blue Jays ranked ninth in the majors in runs scored in 2013. They ranked 25th in runs allowed.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.