According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Colby Rasmus will accept the $15.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Houston Astros for one more season. He is the first player to accept the qualifying offer during this current collective bargaining agreement. If he had declined, the Astros would have received a compensation draft pick if he signed elsewhere.
Sources: Free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus will accept qualifying offer and return to the Astros for one year, $15.8 million. Story coming.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2015
Rasmus, 29, is coming off a strong season in which he slashed .238/.314/.475 with 25 home runs and a 2.8 fWAR. He signed a one-year deal with Houston in the offseason for $8 million and ended up being a bargain. In the postseason he slashed a staggering .412/.583/1.176 with four home runs.
All 34 players who were extended qualifying offers over the past three seasons have declined. The current CBA expires next year.