Reason One: Probably only a one-year deal.
Don’t worry fans. The team is not looking at signing him to a multi-year deal. We believe that the Astros offer is probably only a one year deal. They could probably see Gonzalez as a one-year stopgap in left-field. If he tanks, the Astros could always rely on other options including Marwin Gonzalez, Derek Fisher, or Jake Marisnick or other young players.
He would add another left-handed bat to the lineup to strengthen it and win it all in 2018. Gonzalez could not offer what Beltran did for the 2017 Astros. Beltran is a future Hall of Famer, but Gonzalez could probably duplicate what Beltran did last year.
The other two rumored teams are the Giants and Padres, but the Astros have something the other two don’t. They have a great chance of winning the World Series in 2018. Gonzalez may be willing to take fewer years on a deal to join a team set to win the World Series.