The Toronto Blue Jays could look to shop centerfielder Colby Rasmus–if not now, then at some point this season. Rasmus has Anthony Gose knocking on the door with his sights set on being the Blue Jays everyday outfielder.
Rasmus has all the tools to be a dominant player in the game and often shows flashes of brilliance. However, he has had consistency problems trying to maintain that elite level play on a day to day basis throughout his career. The St.Louis Cardinals gave up on him, shipping him to Toronto due to a personality conflict with then-manager Tony LaRussa.
Last season, Rasmus tied his career high with 23 home runs and eclipsed his personal best with 73 runs batted in, but for good stretches throughout the season, he appeared lost at the plate and struggling to find himself. He hit .173 in 30 games with the Jays in 2011 and batted .223 last season. The 26-year-old also struck out a career high 149 times in 2012, which equates to a 23.8 strikeout percentage. He hasn’t done himself any favors this spring either, batting a minuscule .143 with no home runs.
Gose had a brief cup of coffee with the Blue Jays in 2012 and also showed huge upside, but had his weaknesses exposed. He appeared baffled at the plate, striking out at a 31.2 strikeout percentage rate in 56 games. The 22-year-old is a special player with speed and defense to burn and appears to have corrected some of his issues at the plate this spring. Gose is batting .344 with five stolen bases and a bomb in 38 spring plate appearances.
He will more than likely break camp with the Buffalo Bisons, but look for him to emerge as the everyday centerfielder if Rasmus stumbles out of the gate, which would make Rasmus expendable to teams around the league.
My prediction is that Colby Rasmus will be wearing a new jersey come the All-Star break because Anthony Gose is just that good.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.