Cubs interested in free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus

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From Shi Davidi of Toronto’s Sportsnet.ca

Another former Blue Jays outfielder could also find his way to the Windy City.

The cross-town Cubs recently met with Colby Rasmus, and are one of several teams to have shown interest in the centre-fielder.

The other “former Blue Jays outfielder” that Davidi is referring to is Melky Cabrera, who agreed to terms on a three-year, $42 million free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox late Saturday night.

Rasmus batted just .225 with a .287 on-base percentage in 2014 for the Blue Jays, eventually getting benched. But he is only 28 years old and was a 4.8 fWAR player in 2013, hitting .276/.338/.501 with 22 home runs.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for utilizing platoons and Rasmus, a left-handed hitter, has good career numbers against right-handed pitchers. Adding him to the mix could ease some of the pressure on Arismendy Alcantara, who hit just .190/.215/.350 against right-handed pitching this past season as a 22-year-old rookie.

Rasmus had some major clashes with Tony La Russa in St. Louis and Rasmus has pointed to that rocky relationship as a reason he struggled to live up to his prospect hype. Maddon is very player-friendly, an embracer of odd personalities, and could maybe pull something out of Colby that his past skippers couldn’t.

The Orioles are also known to have some interest in working out a deal with Rasmus this winter.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.