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Astros extend qualifying offer to Colby Rasmus

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Astros have set themselves up to get a draft pick or bring back Rasmus at a steep price.

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The Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow announced today that the team has extended a qualifying offer to outfield Colby Rasmus.

Ramsus will have until November 13 to accept the offer, and receive $15.8 million next season. If Rasmus declines the offer, and signed with another team -- the Astros will receive a draft pick as compensation.

The Astros signed Rasmus this offseason to a one-year, $8 million contract after he spent the previous four season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Rasmus was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals while Luhnow was in the first office.

Rasmus played all over the outfield for the Astros, batting .238 (103x432) with 28 doubles, 25 home runs, and 61 RBIs.

The Astros outfielder exploded in the playoffs, batting .412 (7x17) with a double, four home runs, seven walks, six RBIs, and 1.760 OPS.

Free agency begins tomorrow in Major League Baseball, and teams had to extend qualifying offers by 4 p.m. central time today.