Report: Colby Rasmus to accept Astros $15.8 million qualifying offer
The landscape for left-handed hitting free agent outfielders will become a little thinner for the Mets, and in historic fashion.
Colby Rasmus will accept the Astros one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer and return to the Astros in 2016, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Rasmus will become the first player to ever accept a qualifying offer.
Rasmus had a badly-needed bounce back year for the Astros in 2015, and was a big reason for their ascent to the top of the American League West as well. He also had a tremendous postseason despite the Astros being stymied by the Royals.
He’s an excellent power hitter – Rasmus has produced at least 20 home runs in three of his last four seasons and in four of his seven big league seasons. He’s a left-handed bat and plays centerfield with a .785 OPS lifetime against right-handed pitching.
Rasmus actually handled left-handed pitching significantly better than he did right-handed pitching in a smaller sample. He hit .233/.294/.476 with 149 total bases in 124 games against the right side, .252/.364/.471 with 56 total bases in 71 games against the left side.
But he wasn’t an ideal fit for the Mets anyway.
He strikes out a lot – he set a career-high with 154 strikeouts in 2015. That would normally be fine, but he also doesn’t walk very much, and has a .313 career on-base percentage to show for that major split. He also doesn’t have much speed and he’s basically a league-average outfielder.