Saturday, November 19, 2016

Astros add lefty bats in McCann, Reddick, Cards sign LHP Cecil

The Houston Astros have acquired C Brian McCann from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league RHPs Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. In addition to that, the Astros also signed OF Josh Reddick to a 4 year, $52 mil deal. The club also signed RHP Charlie Morton to a 2 year, $14 mil deal. Traveling a little bit north, the St. Louis Cardinals have signed LHP Brett Cecil to a 4 year, $30.5 mil deal. Let's get into details.
   The Astros' acquisitions of McCann and Reddick filled a big void: quality left handed hitting. Stars Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer are all righties, so bringing in lefties was a good move. With Jason Castro leaving in free agency, the only catchers on the roster was Evan Gattis and Max Stassi. Gattis is a really good power hitter but is really just a DH. Stassi is a full time backup at best, so that's why Houston acquired McCann. The price they gave up, Abreu and Guzman are both hard throwers with Abreu's velocity range being 97-99 MPH and Guzman's being up to 102-103. Abreu was Houston's 7th best prospect and Guzman wasn't in their top 30. In addition to Reddick and Springer, OFs Norichika Aoki (who was recently claimed off waivers), Jake Marisnick and Preston Tucker have the best shot at making the team. Marisnick or Aoki have the best shot at center, while Reddick and Springer cover up the corners. The acquisition of Morton was for a 5th rotation spot behind Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers and Mike Fiers.
    The Cards' signing of Cecil was actually a little surprising, compared to other teams, like the Seattle Mariners, who need a left handed reliever. The Cardinals southpaw relievers are: Zach Duke, Marco Gonzales, Tyler Lyons, set up man Kevin Siegrist and Cecil. That's an odd fact considering that the Mariners' best lefty looks to be newly acquired James Pazos.
   Stats: McCann had an AVG of .242 and 20 HRs for the Yankeees last season. Reddick hit for an AVG of .281 with 10 HRs with the Oakland A's and LA Dodgers last year. Morton had a 1-1 record and a 4.15 ERA in just 4 appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies last season. Last but not least, Cecil had a 3.93 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP in 54 games last year with the Toronto Blue Jays. 
    That's my brief recap of the Astros and Cardinals recent moves.

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