Astros Rumors: Would Brian McCann be an Option?
If the Astros can’t re-sign Castro or Luis Valbuena, they are missing a left-handed power bat. Colby Rasmus is unlikely to return, and A.J. Reed has not shown much in the big leagues yet. I could mention Jon Singleton, but he is approaching his big payday pretty soon, so the team will most likely cut ties soon. McCann could be that left-handed power bat that the Astros could bat fifth or sixth.
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McCann would be around for another two seasons guaranteed, while Gattis is under team control through 2018 as well. The catching prospect that is closest to being major league ready is Garrett Stubbs. He could ready late 2017, but 2018 is the better target for Stubbs. The team also drafted Jake Rodgers in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Rodgers could be ready in the late 2019 season if not earlier.
By trading for McCann, you would give the young guys a chance to develop in the minors. The Astros may have rushed Max Stassi who has not lived up to his potential thus far. People say the team lacks a real leader in the clubhouse. Mccann has served in that role with the Braves before. Speaking of the Braves, Gattis and McCann were teammates before.
Unless Reed steps up, the Astros have a hole at first base. McCann can split time with either Reed or Tyler White at first base.