Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Morning Hot Links

It's good to be back.

*The Astros have until 7pm Central on Friday to tender a contract to their nine arbitration-eligible players. McTaggart notes (in the above link) that Mike Fiers and Evan Gattis are possible non-tender candidates. McTaggart, on Gattis:
The Astros are trying to upgrade the catching position defensively, which means Gattis could be limited to DH duties next season. Considering he could make close to $7 million, Houston could try to trade him and take advantage of his value while moving his contract.

*Jake Kapplan reports that the Astros will "surely attempt" to trade Mike Fiers before the deadline.

*Carlos Beltran interviewed to be the next manager of the Yankees. He'll also receive the Sports Illustrated Hope Award at the SI Sportsperson of the Year event next month.

*Baseball America named A.J. Hinch as their Manager of the Year. The only other Astros manager to win BA's award was Larry Dierker in 1998.

*Buster Olney links the Astros to lefty reliever Mike Minor.

*Doug Miller has a really good background piece on the evolution of Shohei Ohtani.

*This Tiki Island dude took his Earn History towel to Mt. Everest's base camp.

*Astroline is back this evening from 6-7pm at the Pluckers on Shepherd.

*This MMP brick tribute got me.

*Check out this League City family's Christmas lights display:


John Martin said...

Bye Mike Fiers.

I find the idea of Gattis being non-tendered laughable. The Astros have a 16 million bench coach coming off the books, I think they can afford a 7 million DH/3rd C.

Terence said...

Gattis has no positional flexibility, no defensive value, no base running value, doesn't hit for average, and doesn't walk. His entire value comes from being able to pull balls into the Crawford boxes, we've got plenty of right handed bats that can do that.He's a waste of a 25 man and 40 man spot.

I'd much rather see Davis, Reed, White, Moran get those at bats and hope at least one develops into their potential this year.

Chas R said...

Gattis is a decent player- on offense and defense. He's a .260ish AVG hitter, who doesn't K a lot, and has pop. He's a marginal Catcher, but ok for a backup. I think we need more production from our DH than what he brings, but he's really a solid player. The question is whether he is worth $7m. For $2m, he's a good value.

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