Astros sign free agent OF Colby Rasmus

Houston agrees on one-year contract with 28-year-old outfielder

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have signed free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one-year contract through the 2015 season, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rasmus, 28, has spent the past six seasons (2009-14) in the Major Leagues, having been with the Toronto Blue Jays since 2011 after beginning his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. In those six seasons, he has averaged 19 home runs per year, with a career high of 23 in both 2010 with St. Louis and 2012 with Toronto. In 793 career games, he has hit .246 with 116 home runs and 352 RBI.

In 2013 with Toronto, Rasmus hit .276 with 22 home runs, a .501 slugging percentage and an .840 OPS. His best season with the Cardinals came in 2010 when he hit .276 with 85 runs scored, 23 home runs and a career-best .859 OPS. Defensively, Rasmus has played the majority of his games in center field, but has made starts in both left field and right field in his Major League career.

Rasmus was originally selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft and twice won Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year honors prior to making his Major League debut in 2009. He was traded to the Blue Jays on July 27, 2011 as part of an eight-player deal.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Astros have designated catcher Carlos Corporan for assignment.