NOV. 16: The Angels announced today that outfielder Shane Robinson, who was outrighted at the same time as Rasmus, has also elected free agency.
Robinson, 32, tallied 111 plate appearances with Anaheim last season and turned in a lackluster .173/.257/.235 batting line in that time — the worst production of his big league career. He hit a bit better with the 2015 Twins, slashing .250/.299/.322 and comes with a respectable .269/.332/.377 line in more than 1200 Triple-A plate appearances. Robinson doesn’t come with much upside at the plate, but he’s capable of playing all three outfield positions and has drawn positive grades for his work in center field. He should be able to latch on elsewhere this offseason and head to Spring Training with a chance to compete for a bench job.
NOV. 15: Right-hander Cory Rasmus has rejected his outright assignment from the Angels and opted instead for free agency, tweets Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Rasmus was designated for assignment last week and cleared outright waivers yesterday.
Rasmus, the 29-year-old younger brother of outfielder Colby Rasmus, was arbitration eligible and projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to receive a modest raise to a $700K salary as a Super Two player prior to his DFA. The 38th overall pick in the 2006 draft (by the Braves), Rasmus had a strong first season with the Halos back in 2014 but has struggled to a 5.56 ERA in 45 1/3 innings across the past two years in Anaheim. He underwent core muscle surgery in mid-July and returned in mid-September but allowed three runs in three innings over five appearances to close out the year. In 123 innings at the Major League level, Rasmus has a 4.17 ERA with 8.9 K/9, 4.2 BB/9 and a 34.9 percent ground-ball rate. He’s averaged 92.4 mph on his fastball, though he sat at 91.8 mph in each of the past two seasons.
Would not be surprised if Dipoto brought him in.
Good arm just bad luck with injuries
RyÅn W Krol
This is one guy who could’ve really solved problems in the Angels bullpen. He was lights out in 2014. But he’s dealt with too many injuries. Time to move on I guess.
The Angels are the Cleveland Browns of MLB . No help on the way anytime soon.
The Browns are in much better shape.
I didn’t know the Browns have the mike trout of football
Jamie Collins tbh
I assume you are talking about the football team and not the guy from the Cleveland show.
RyÅn W Krol
That’s a ridiculous comparison.
It’s kinda true….. Both are not very good organizations.
RyÅn W Krol
The difference being that the Angels can spend money on help and bounce back quicker than most. Not that it changes the fact that their farm system is barren and that could managed better, along with bad contracts. But 2014 proved that they have the resources to jump back into contention despite all of that.
Spend money on who? Nobody wants to play for the Angels. I mean you guys couldn’t even land a respectable GM how are you gonna convince a big ticket FA to sign when you have no talent to surround them with, no young talent on the way, and knowing that Trout is leaving when his contract is up. Angels are in the worst position of any franchise except for maybe the Brooklyn Nets.
“Nobody wants to play for the Angels”?
Apparently you found a sale on Indefensible Statements at Walmart? Good thing you stocked up. I guess we can look forward to months of inexpert trolling from you. Yay.
ring, ring……….Mr. Hazen, Dan Duquette on line two.
Interested teams have the opportunity to land both Rasmuses this off season. Not sure who that might be, but it would make for a fun MLB Traderumors article
Haha Colby was great . Robinson was a joke Turn the page for Athletic fan you have a Lot room to talk .no want to play for your team mr. Moneyball GM His suck as gm