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Blue Jays sign OF Colby Rasmus to one-year, $4.675-million (U.S.) deal

Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus

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The Toronto Blue Jays have avoided salary arbitration with outfielder Colby Rasmus, signing him to a one year, US$4.675-million contract.

Ramus made $2.7 million last year.

Rasmus set career highs last year with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs in his first full season in Toronto.

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The Columbus, Ga., native ranked fifth in both RBIs and home runs among American League centre-fielders.

Over his four-year career with St. Louis and Toronto, Rasmus has posted a .243 average with 76 home runs and 246 RBIs.

Three Blue Jays remain eligible to file for arbitration Tuesday: second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, left-hander J.A. Happ and catcher Josh Thole.

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