Houston (CBS Houston) – Relationships, opportunity, and a place to park his big trucks has led veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus to the Houston Astros.
Rasmus was officially introduced on Tuesday where he explained the various reasons he chose to sign with the Astros.
The previous relationship with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow played a large part.
“We always got along and had a good rapport with each other when I got drafted and through the minor leagues,” Rasums said of Luhnow who drafted the youngster out of Russell County High School in Seale, Alabama in 2005. “To be back with him, I knew it would be a good place for me because we understand each other.”
Luhnow said he was tied together with Rasmus in St. Louis until he was traded to Toronto. He said he never lost contact with Rasmus and spent time catching up with him when there was a chance to chat. The time felt right to reunite said Luhnow.
Rasmus began with the Cardinals but was traded to the Blue Jays in 2011 where he spent the last three-plus years. He is a career .246 hitter but has blasted 63 home runs in the past three seasons. He is with the Astros on a one year deal worth $8 million.
The opportunity for Rasmus to patrol the outfield will be there. He joins George Springer, Jake Marisnick, Robbie Grossman, and L.J. Hoes as another outfielder with the ability to play multiple spots in the outfield.
Although center field is his preference, Rasmus has played just 15 games in the corner outfield spots, he said he will play wherever the team needs him as winning and helping the team win is his priority.
Getting his bat in the lineup will be a priority according to Luhnow.
“We know that we signed Colby to be in our lineup,” he said. “He certainly will be facing probably all the righties and a decent amount of the lefties.”
Rasmus listed off various players he is excited to now call teammates and went on to say he thinks of “damage” when he thinks about the potential of the team now. He went on to call the offense potentially “very dangerous.”
Not just the baseball life, but the way of life made sense for Rasmus as well.
“I wanted to come here from the start,” he said in his deep southern drawl while sporting a jacket and hat both accented by camouflage. “I just felt this would be a good place for me. I love being in the South.”
Rasmus shared a team with former Astros star Lance Berkman and said Berkman always spoke fondly of Texas.
Rasmus mentioned multiple times his desire to return to the Southern part of the country. He said his family likes having him closer and he can see family that lives close as well as have them come see his young children.
It seems Houston fit. Just like Rasmus’ vehicles will finally fit.
“I got a couple of big trucks – my big trucks will fit in the big city. Ya know Toronto you got a little bitty garage so I had to leave my big trucks at some so that will be fun for me.”
The South gets back one of its own while the Astros get what the hope will be a breakout player to help round out their roster. If you ask Rasmus, he thinks both sides are getting what they desire.
“Think it’s going to be a beautiful thing.”
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