Revisiting the Houston Astros Impact of Offseason Moves
Evan Gattis and James Hoyt
Apr 29, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (11) singles during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
“They ask for the moon right out of the gate, which they should do.” There were two other teams involved in possible trades, “but they liked our guys better.” In baseball, you have to give up talent to get talent. “It came at a cost for sure. We don’t trade these guys because they are not good, we trade them because they are good! They help us get something that we need right now.”
The addition of Gattis brings a premium power bat to the lineup with years under control. “Gattis jerseys in the team store will quickly become a fan favorite in Houston.
“The sleeper in the deal was the pitcher I received in the deal, James Hoyt, who was added at the last-minute” on purpose by Luhnow because he didn’t want to show his hand until the end. He has a plus arm, and demonstrated that in Dominican Winter League.
Gattis has had an up and down season. Despite a strong spring training, but struggled at the early stages of the season. He had the look of a player who forgot how to hit at times, this was probably from him trying to press too much to impress his new fans. While many fans soured on Gattis and Chris Carter with their performance this year, other fans were wanting to be patient with what he cost the Astros to get Gattis. The Astros gave a package of three prospects for Gattis, which none of them have really made an impact on the big league level yet for the Atlanta Braves.
The Astros have also been patient with Gattis, and not panicking with his slow start. Gattis has a slash line of .194/.217/ .403/ .620. Despite the obvious struggles with his slash line, Gattis has still hit seven homers while driving in 20 runs. One plus for Gattis is that he struck out at a 26% rate, 34 strikeouts in 129 plate appearances, which has improved from earlier in the season. (Stats from Baseball-Reference)
The problem with the trade that brought Gattis over was that they already had a player similar to Gattis in Chris Carter. Gattis never learned how to play first base, and rarely gets the chance to play in left field. This acquisition can change pretty quickly if Gattis gets going with the bat, which he has done a little more recently. The mistake was made was when the got Gattis, they did not immediately trade Carter while he had some value. I give this trade a C, but could turn into an B with improved play by Gattis.
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