Astros sign Colby Rasmus for $8 million

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UPDATE: Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal, with Rasmus getting $8 million on a one-year contract.

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Monday the Astros traded center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Houston is “talking to” free agent center fielder Colby Rasmus.

George Springer and Jake Marisnick are both options to replace Fowler in center field for the Astros, but adding Rasmus would allow them to keep Springer in a corner spot while perhaps giving Marisnick more time to develop in the minors.

Rasmus strikes out too much and struggles against lefties, but he’s got 25-homer power with decent range in center field and has typically been a middle-of-the-order caliber bat versus righties.