The Rays “have had discussions” with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus

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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.