The Acquisition of Brian McCann, Josh Reddick, and Charlie Morton show the Astros are working to give their core components the necessary support heading into 2017.
Let’s look at what each of these players offers the Astros.
The 32-year-old offers everyday services behind the plate, and a left-handed bat to mix in the lineup. He produced a .242 BA, with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs in 2016. Although these numbers do not jump out at you, it is the combination of his hitting prowess and catching abilities that made him a valuable option for the Astros.
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In comparison, Jason Castro produced a .211 BA, 11 home runs, and 31 RBIs. The Astros have strengthened the lineup without sacrificing the defensive element of catching.
McCann is invigorated to join this young, rising team. We often forget how morale and attitude can change a person’s abilities. McCann walks into a situation knowing he is the everyday catcher. He has value and will look to validate his place on the roster.
The sweetest part of this deal is the Yankees will kick in for McCann’s salary the next two years. All in all, this was a logical acquisition that gives the Astros more versatility at the plate, as well as behind it.