Jul 12, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
NOTE: This article has been updated since the initial post of Rasmus being evaluated at 2:00 pm.
The Houston Astros have reportedly signed OF Colby Rasmus, to a 1-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston has updated financial details.
Berman reported earlier in the afternoon that Rasmus had flown in for a physical.
Colby Rasmus, 28, was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and has played 6 seasons in the MLB, posting a .246/.313/.438 line with 116 HRs. He last played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011-2014. He has a history with Houston GM Jeff Luhnow, who scouted and drafted Rasmus for the Cardinals.
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What does this mean for Houston?
The Colby Rasmus addition means that the Astros have added to their crowded outfield. In addition to acquiring Evan Gattis last week, Houston already has 6 other OFs on the 40-man roster:
Rasmus has hit 20 HRs in 3 different seasons, however, he had a strikeout rate of 33% in 2014, the highest of his career. With an already free-swinging lineup, the Astros are adding some pop, but will tally up the Ks, as well. Just recently, CTH’s own Eric Huysman penned an article on the Astros’ Generation K.
Barring any other moves, it appears on first glance that Jake Marisnick will be most affected.
As the Astros busy offseason continues, what do you think about the Astros signing Colby Rasmus?