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Colby Rasmus To Miss Blue Jays Winter Tour

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Jumping town?
Jumping town?
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The Blue Jays sent out a tweet today that centre fielder Colby Rasmus would miss the Winter Tour due to a scheduling conflict. Earlier in December nine players were announced as the members that will be making stops in Ontario this January and the lineup was composed of: Adam Lind, Steve Delabar, Josh Thole, Colby Rasmus, Brandon Morrow, Dustin McGowan, Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond, Anthony Gose, and manager John Gibbons. Obviously, the number of players is now reduced to eight as the left-handed hitter will not be making it to any of the stops on the tour.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>For those of you asking....Due to a scheduling conflict, Colby Rasmus can no longer attend the <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays">@BlueJays</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TD_Canada">@TD_Canada</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WinterTour&amp;src=hash">#WinterTour</a>.</p>&mdash; Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays/statuses/419494360443416576">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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But don't worry, Colby sends his apologies!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Colby sends his apologies and is looking forward to catching up with <a href="https://twitter.com/Blue">@Blue</a> Jays fans soon!</p>&mdash; Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays/statuses/419494512432381953">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Rasmus' Dad also weighed in on his son dropping out of the tour:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/willy9a">@willy9a</a> but regarding this winter tour thing, he has a lot of stuff to get done and wants to get to spring training early.</p>&mdash; Tony_Rasmus_IV (@FlorenceFalcon0) <a href="https://twitter.com/FlorenceFalcon0/statuses/419521846615494656">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Apparently Colby has been told that a trade may come:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/willy9a">@willy9a</a> I do know Colby&#39;s been told to be prepared for a possible trade because AA has really been trying to improve the team via trade.</p>&mdash; Tony_Rasmus_IV (@FlorenceFalcon0) <a href="https://twitter.com/FlorenceFalcon0/statuses/419521567652339712">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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If you'll recall, Vernon Wells was traded to the Angels during the 2011 Winter Tour which may mean something is amiss in Blue Jays land. There's already been a fair share of rumours that the Blue Jays could decide to run with Anthony Gose in their centre field spot cashing in on Rasmus' fairly high value right now. Or it could mean he didn't want a picture like this showing up again. Or it could mean there's a scheduling conflict with Colby Rasmus.

Since there's nothing else going on, let's get our speculating hats on!