The Orioles have free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus on their radar, but it seems that they might have some competition from another team in the American League East.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Rays have had discussions with Rasmus. Wil Myers and Matt Joyce have already been traded this winter and Ben Zobrist could soon follow him out the door, so that leaves Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza, David DeJesus, and Brandon Guyer to fill the outfield and the DH spot. That group might be sufficient even without Zobrist in the mix, but they are apparently keeping their options open depending on Rasmus’ asking price.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with Rasmus this weekend to get an idea of how he would fit in the team’s clubhouse. No word on how Showalter felt after the meeting, but Morosi hears that Rasmus came out of it with a “very favorable” impression of the O’s skipper and the team.
Rasmus, 28, batted .225/.287/.448 with 18 home runs and 40 RBI over 104 games last season with the Blue Jays.
Last week there was a report that the San Diego Padres were doing “due diligence” on former Rangers manager and current Braves third base coach Ron Washington in connection with their managerial opening. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that Washington has already had an interview and that, in fact, the Padres are planning to call him back for a second round.
Also getting a second look: Rangers field coordinator Jayce Tingler. Which suggests that GM A.J. Preller, formerly a Rangers assistant GM, is favoring guys he knows from his time in Texas.
Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). He stepped down for personal reasons but since then has returned to the job in which he made his considerable reputation: coaching, specifically coaching infielders, and has gotten rave reviews. Assuming he’s back up for the grind of managing — and he wouldn’t be interviewing if he was not — he is definitely someone based on results and reputation who deserves another shot at the helm.
Tingler, a former Rangers farm hand, has coached in their organization at both the minor and major league levels for 12 years.