COLBY RASMUS NEWS

Calculating the WAR Threshold for Qualifying Offers

We recently went through the 2015 qualifying-offer season, the basic facts of which Five Thirty Eight’s Rob Arthur provided a helpfully summarized back in November. In that piece, Arthur asserts that “Each offer is essentially a bet that the player… will be worth 2 or more WAR in the coming year.” He adds that “the math works out so that teams tender offers to almost every...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Projected 2016 Lineup + Rotation

Houston Astros Lineup and Rotation Projection Batting Order: 1- Jose Altuve 2-George Springer 3- Carlos Correa 4-Evan Gattis 5-Carlos Gomez 6- Marwin Gonzalez 7- Colby Rasmus 8-Jason Castro 9-AJ Reed or Jon Singleton For the most part, this starting lineup remains the same because it worked for the Astros last year. However, there are two main differences in that Marwin Gonzalez...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Houston Astros Team Preview

2015 Quick Overview The Astros finished 86-76 on the 2015 season. That marked a 16-game improvement from the previous season and a 35-game improvement over a two year period. Most interested observers believed 2016 would be the season where they would burst onto the playoff scene, but it came a season early. In fact, they brought the Royals closer to elimination than any other team...
Via The Fantasy Fix
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus doesn't ever want to leave the Astros

Colby Rasmus is only 29 years old, but he's already thinking about the end of his career. The outfielder recently re-signed with the Houston Astros with a one-year deal (becoming the first player to accept a qualifying offer in MLB history). Coming off a season in which he hit 25 home runs, collected 61 RBIs and was a postseason hero for Houston, Rasmus opted to stay in town on...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Though big needs are filled, Astros still seeking more rotation depth

The Houston Astros addressed some of their key areas of focus so far this offseason: they brought in a marquee closer in young flame-thrower Ken Giles in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies and retained outfielder Colby Rasmus and lefty reliever Tony Sipp.However, the club still isn't done addressing some other concerns as GM Jeff Luhnow and his staff continue to try and make...
Via Fox Sports
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians in discussions with free agent Rajai Davis

Options for the Cleveland Indians are starting to slim down somewhat this offseason. Arizona is now unlikely to move A.J. Pollock after Tuesday’s big trade. Colby Rasmus took Houston’s qualifying offer. Some of the big free agent names are starting to come off the board. And that is perhaps what has led the Indians to be connected to very typical Cleveland outfielder signings...
Via Waiting For Next Year
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

What Can We Learn from Rasmus and Wieters?

Recently, I examined the precedent Colby Rasmus is setting by accepting a qualifying offer, through a comparative lens. In that piece, the types of players I compared Rasmus to were players of similar position and total plate appearances over a ‘three-year window,’ in order to contextualize what kind of player Rasmus is. It’s important to […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus, Matt Wieters, Brett Anderson: Setting A Precedent?

Baseball is a sport based around the number three: Three strikes for an out, three outs in a half-inning, and three sets of three innings to make nine total for a game. As it turned out, three turned out to be a key number in the MLB free agent compensation system as well.After three years of qualifying offers being summarily offered and refused, this season's crop of offers yielded...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Three MLB players sign qualifying offers for first time

MLB’s current free agent qualifying offer system was established in the last collective bargaining agreement. This is the fourth year it’s been in place. During that time, it’s caused a lot of consternation among fans and players alike. You can make a strong argument that it favors rich clubs with money to burn, while unfairly and unnecessarily penalizing mid- to low-tier...
Via The Outside Corner
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Identifying Trends in Players Who Accept Qualifying Offers

Earlier today, I wrote this article looking to define some of the precedents that were set by Colby Rasmus being the first player in MLB history to accept a qualifying offer. Rumors of Rasmus taking the $15.8 million, one-year deal surfaced Thursday evening. Since then, it has been announced Matt Wieters will also be returning to […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell or welcome back to Yovani Gallardo and Colby Lewis in Texas?

The Texas Rangers’ starting rotation was somewhat of a crapshoot in 2015. With Tommy John surgery striking both Yu Darvish and Martin Perez, Texas was left scrambling for adequate arms that could keep them from drowning early. The team entered the 2015 campaign with a rotation led by Derek Holland, followed by Yovani Gallardo, Colby Lewis, Ross Detwiler, and Nick Martinez. Derek...
Via isportsweb.com
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus, Wieters, Anderson accept qualifying offers

NEW YORK (AP) Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson have become the first three players to accept qualifying offers rather than remain free agents. The trio, who accepted $15.8 million, one-year contracts Friday, were among 20 players given the offers last week. Another of the 20, Toronto pitcher Marco Estrada...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Examining the Precedent Set by Colby Rasmus Accepting a QO

Scout Adam McInturff provides Baseball Essential with a ‘pro style’ write-up and player comparison analysis of Colby Rasmus, who became the first player to ever accept a qualifying offer Thursday when he agreed to a one-year, 15.8 million dollar deal with the Astros. Check back for more of Adam’s Qualifying Offer analysis throughout the weekend, […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus makes history by accepting Astros' qualifying offer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent.Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to accept Houston's $15.8 million qualifying offer, the team said Friday. The news first was reported by FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal on Thursday.None of the 34 qualifying offers...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus accepts Houston Astros qualifying offer

Colby Rasmus, a free agent outfielder, was discussed as a potential Cleveland Indians target by FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron just last week. The 29-year-old former first-round pick was expected to receive a free agent contract of at least $12 million annually over 3-4 years. Of course, that made the odds of the Indians signing him fairly low, but he remained an intriguing free agent...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

More New Friends – Meet Your New Seattle Mariners

Although the MLB offseason has officially begun, it doesn’t exactly feel like the stove is terribly hot. Those free agents who had the qualifying offer extended to them still haven’t let their respective teams know whether or not they’ll accept them (outside of Colby Rasmus, who will return to the Houston Astros after becoming the first player to ever accept the QO). The most...
Via Oregon Sports News
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus becomes 1st to agree to accept qualifying offer

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended. Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to accept Houston's $15.8 million qualifying...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus being first to accept qualifying offer is so... Rasmus

Leave it to Colby Rasmus to be the first to go against the grain when it comes to qualifying offers. Since the start of the practice after the last collective bargaining agreement, not one free agent has accepted a qualifying offering in three years --€” until Rasmus accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million offer. Had he rejected the offer, the Astros would have received...
Via Fox Sports
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus becomes MLB's first to agree to accept qualifying offer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Adrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended.Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to accept Houston's $15.8 million qualifying offer ahead...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus becomes MLB's first to agree to accept qualifying offer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Adrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended. Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to accept Houston's $15.8 million qualifying offer...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus becomes MLB's first to agree to accept qualifying offer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Adrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended. Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to accept Houston's $15.8 million qualifying offer...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus becomes first free agent to accept qualifying offer

Leave it to Colby Rasmus to be the first to go against the grain when it comes to qualifying offers. Since the start of the practice after the last collective bargaining agreement, not one free agent has accepted a qualifying offering in three years -- until Rasmus accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million offer. Had he rejected the offer, the Astros would have received...
Via Fox Sports
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus becomes first free agent to accept qualifying offer

Leave it to Colby Rasmus to be the first to go against the grain when it comes to qualifying offers.  Since the start of the practice after the last collective bargaining agreement, not one free agent has accepted a qualifying offering in three years -- until Rasmus accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million offer. Had he rejected the offer, the Astros would have received...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus Accepts Qualifying Offer; Returns To Astros

Free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus has become the first player since it’s inception to accept the qualifying offer, and will return to the Astros on a one-year deal for $15.8 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Rasmus, 29, hit at a .238/.314/.475 clip and hit 25 home runs for the Astros in 2015, after signing with Houston last offseason on a one-year deal. The centerfielder...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

AP source: Colby Rasmus accepts Astros' qualifying offer

HOUSTON (AP) A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press outfielder Colby Rasmus has accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, the first free agent to agree to such a deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team hasn't announced the move. All 34 qualifying offers were turned down in the first three...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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