The Padres need some outfield help. Carlos Quentin can’t stay healthy. Neither can Cameron Maybin. Seth Smith was giving an extension during the off-season to either man an outfield spot or be a platoon. The point is they need a bat.
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Colby Rasmus is coming off of a injury riddled and statistically down season last year. He had a .225/.287/.448 with 18 homers and 40 RBI. His WAR dropped from 4.6 to 0.9.
At 28 though, he’s just entering his prime, and even though Petco is a pitcher park, the team can use offense. Rasmus could even sign a one or two year deal to help his value so he can go back into the market and increase his value when he gets back into the market at a time when offense is lacking around the game.
According to Fangraphs, back in 2013, Rasums was the third best defensive centerfielder. Again, you can’t count on Maybin to stay healthy, and Rasmus can be that guy with some pop in the outfield.
Rasmus may have a lot of suitors. The outfield free agent market isn’t exactly great this off-season. He’s the best centerfielder available which he can use to his advantage.
I don’t think the Padres will get him, however, Rasmus would make some sense on the club.