Tomorrow is September 1st. Today is August 31st, the last day the Astros can acquire players eligible for the postseason.
With surprise, the Astros acquired Cameron Maybin from the Angels earlier in the day.
Although the move is not big, it has a lot of upside. Maybin provides speed both in the outfield and on the base paths. He and Jose Altuve have the most steals in the American League. He has a .333 OBP and .685 OPS for the year. All in all, Maybin offers quality defense and base running abilities for the Astros postseason efforts.
Cost for Maybin
Fortunately, the Astros only sent cash to add Maybin. The Astros maintain control over prospects in an already deep farm system. The amount being paid is unknown, but with the Angels needing to move a player for Justin Upton, the Astros had plenty of leverage to make a team-friendly deal.
Cameron Maybin does not have experience in the playoffs, but that is not to diminish his experience from 11 years in the major leagues. He is a quality player who will give the Astros options on the field. He is a great fit to pitch-run, defensive substitution and will take quality at-bats. As the Astros looks forward to their postseason, they see a lot of him and his ability to help them down the stretch.
How Does This Effect the Roster?
The deadline to acquire a player with eligibility to play in the postseason is midnight tonight. As we now know, he will join the team in time. However, how does this effect the active roster? Well, he’ll need to take the roster spot of someone who is active. Carlos Correa will return to the Astros roster soon. So, it will be interesting to see who Maybin replaces on the active roster.
All in all, let’s not discredit this move. Cameron Maybin is a veteran player who adds speed and depth to the Houston roster.
**Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference**