According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Colby Rasmus will become the first player ever to accept a qualifying offer. The acceptance means that Rasmus will re-sign with the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million deal.
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
While there was speculation that this year could see a player finally accept at QO, not many expected that player to be Rasmus. At 29 years old, and coming off one of his best offensive campaigns of his career, Rasmus seemed primed for a multi-year deal.
In 485 plate appearances, Rasmus hit /238/.314/.475 with 25 homers, a wOBA of .339, and a wRC+ of 115. He'll now head back to Houston for another season, and re-enter the market as a 30 year old. If Rasmus can replicate his 2015 statistics, he should set himself up for an even bigger payday than he likely would have received had he turned down the QO.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs projected that Rasmus would get a three year deal worth $42 million overall, while Jon Heyman had him at four years for $50 million.
This story will be updated as more details become available.