Chicago Cubs: Looking at potential 2016 center field options

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Sep 9, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus (28) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Colby Rasmus

Approaching 20 home runs for the fourth time in his big-league career, this Rasmus brother has done his part in helping lead a resurgent Houston Astros franchise back to relevance this year.

With 19 dingers on the campaign, the former St. Louis Cardinals prospect has added some ‘pop’ to the Astros’ lineup, while also appearing in games at all three outfield positions. Now, while it’s unlikely he’d see much time in the corner spots if he wound up in Chicago (thanks to Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber), the versatility is always a nice plus.

Less attractive is his .235 batting average and OBP that barely surpasses the .300 mark. That being said, you can overlook (to a degree) this when penciling him into the Cubs’ potential lineup thanks to the plethora of offensive weapons already in the mix.

Rasmus, to me personally, isn’t the most desirable candidate. He’s a good 20-homer piece, which is a check mark in his favor, but he’s essentially a league average defender who hasn’t hit above .250 in two years.

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