Colby Rasmus, Houston Astros
2015 salary: $8 million
The 29-year-old Rasmus is coming off his highest home run total, having hit 25 in his single season with the Astros. Those 25 home runs may be a product of playing in a hitter-friendly park. Rasmus was in a similar position last year, and had to settle for a one-year deal. The qualifying offer would nearly double what Rasmus earned with the Astros in 2015. Rasmus did his best Daniel Murphy impression in the ALDS, which could boost his value on the open market.
Rasmus falls into a similar mold as Stephen Drew, a player who struggled to find a team, and ultimately lost a lot of money after forgoing the qualifying offer. The outfielder seems like the type of player who will never quite capitalize on his massive potential and put it all together at a Major League hitter. Rasmus hit those 25 home runs, but batted only .238. He has batted over .250 only once in the past five seasons, and his defensive skills are nothing to write home about. Rasmus will find a home, but it may take some time. When he does sign, the annual value will be nowhere near $16 million. For Rasmus, is the extra money worth the hassle of testing the free-agent market again next offseason?