Astros: Looking deeper into why they could want Carlos Gonzalez
By Eric Huysman
A few reason why the Astros could be looking to sign free agent Carlos Gonzalez to a one year deal.
As I am writing this post, my co-expert Cody Poage is writing a post for why the Astros should not sign Carlos Gonzalez. In fact, many fans are vehement about not signing Gonzalez. Trust me; when looking at his 2017 stats, they don’t scream an everyday player on a championship team. The 32-year-old Gonzalez has a chance to bounce back in 2018 but is he what the Astros need?
Gonzalez hit 14 homers with a slash line of .262/ .339/ .423/ .762. His OPS was below league average for the second time in four years, but he followed the 2014 season with two productive years. The 2015 season, Gonzalez had 40 homers and followed with 25 in 2016. Is Gonzalez purely a product of Coors Field? Let’s take a brief look at his career splits.
Looking at the stats, it would wave red flags, which is why Gonzalez is still available. But, would a full season with the Astros be similar to what Carlos Beltran offered in 2017? These are the questions the front office was considering when they gave Gonzalez the rumored offer.
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At this point, we know nothing other than the fact that an offer may be out there to Gonzalez. So we discussed the reasons on last night’s Talking Stros on why the Astros are pursuing the outfielder. These are our opinions.