01/15/2012 05:51 EST | Updated 03/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto Blue Jays re-sign outfielder Colby Rasmus to one-year contract

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with Colby Rasmus, signing the outfielder to a one-year deal worth US$2.7-million on Sunday.

Toronto acquired the 25-year-old from the St. Louis Cardinals in a multi-player trade July 27.

Rasmus appeared in a combined 129 games last season, posting a .225 average with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs.

In 420 career games, Rasmus has a .251 average with 53 homers and 171 RBIs.

Toronto now has five arbitration eligible players remaining: Ben Francisco, Casey Janssen, Brandon Morrow, Kelly Johnson and Carlos Villanueva.