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.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.