What a strange world we live in.
The Astros maybe, probably, most likely completed a trade this afternoon for Braves slugger Evan Gattis. In return, they gave up prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman.
It's the second time they've traded prospects for major leaguers this winter. Both times, it was for a catcher, but let's ignore that for now.
This time, the Astros
That's an understatement on some of their skills, but what Houston really sent Atlanta in this deal is hope.
They sent them lottery tickets. They sent them the future, trading
Evan Gattis will not be a game-changing force in the Astros lineup. He's a career
The thought, though, is that in more playing time, Gattis could hit 30 home runs. The former catcher was already slated to move out from behind the plate this season. If he can keep up his production in 600 plate appearances, he'll clear 30 homers easily.
As a reference, only two Astros hit 20 or more home runs last season (Chris Carter and George Springer).
What a change that has been from that awful stretch from 2010-2013. The Astros were not competitive in those years. They rarely fielded major league players with a chance to stick long-term. They were all
Now, the Astros don't have to hope. If he gets to 30 homers and Springer plays a full season, the Astros could have three 30-home run hitters next season. The last team in all of MLB to feature three 30-
The Astros just got better.
Maybe Mike Foltynewicz taps into his enormous potential, finds another breaking ball and becomes a top-flight starter. Look at what happened with Jake Arrieta. Look at the career Edwin Jackson had. Big arms will always hang around and can occasionally be brilliant.
But, with this move, the Astros seem to be signalling that they
They don't want to wait
Where does Gattis play? Well, he may just start at first base.
That's the part which
Singleton represents all that future brightness. He's a great talent who struggled mightily last season. He should rebound and may be the second coming of Anthony Rizzo.
The Astros may not be willing to wait. They need Singleton to prove himself and if he doesn't, he won't have a job.
These are weird times in Houston. Fans are not used to this, but it's a good feeling.