Astros will remain opportunistic with remaining free agents
By Eric Huysman
A Fisher backup plan.
We saw what Derek Fisher was able to do when he first burst onto the big stage in 2017. His offensive ability gave you a brief glimpse of what he could offer long-term. While he did struggle down the road, he still made the postseason roster as a pinch runner specialist. Fisher is capable of hitting 15-20 homers with a decent batting average and 20-25 steals. The league adjusted to Fisher in the second half.
Now it’s his turn to adjust to the league. Fisher could go either direction this year. He could blossom into a young superstar, or he could become the latest Astro prospect to flame out. His adjustments this year could make or break his career, and the Astros drive for back-to-back championships. Should Fisher struggle in 2018, it may not be a bad idea to have a plan b option for left field.
The team would not want Margo as the full-time left-fielder, as it takes away his value. You could see Jake Marisnick get more playing time as well. However, Carlos Gonzalez is still a free agent. Like Lucroy, he is coming off a down season where his production decreased. Once an All-Star, Cargo is more of an afterthought at this moment. He could look to signing a one year deal with a team like the Astros to rebuild his value.
Despite this, I think the Astros will give Fisher a chance this year in left field.