Astros, free-agent OF Rasmus agree to one-year contract

Colby Rasmus hit .225 with 18 home runs and 40 RBI last season.

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HOUSTON — Outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

The deal was announced Tuesday, a day after Houston dealt last year’s starting center fielder, Dexter Fowler, to the Chicago Cubs.

The 28-year-old Rasmus started 80 games in center field for the Toronto Blue Jays last season and has played both right and left field in his six-year big league career. He batted .225 with 18 homers and 40 RBI last season after hitting 22 home runs with 66 RBI in 2013.

A first-round pick by the St. Louis in the 2005 amateur draft, Rasmus hit 23 homers in 2010 with the Cardinals and 2012 with Toronto.

Catcher Carlos Corporan was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.