After the Astros landed Brian McCann from a trade with the New York Yankees today, Houston continues to improve their club by bringing in outfielder Josh Reddick for over the next four-years worth $52 mil, according to Yahoo Sports.
Reddick spent this past season with the Oakland A’s and then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Rich Hill at the MLB trade deadline for three prized arms in Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes, and Jharel Cotton.
In addition, Reddick batted .281 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs, while also providing steady defense in right field. He has declined from a defensive standpoint, but he still plays it better than most players in right field. Actually, According to FanGraphs, Reddick ranked sixth among major league right fielders with six defensive runs saved.
The 29-year-old left-handed batter ended the season tied first for the hottest hitter in baseball by hitting .400 batting average in September, going 26-for-65 in 20 games for the Dodgers. The Astros hope they get that type of production from Reddick, who will most likely bat fifth or sixth in the Astros’ lineup.
Finally, Josh Reddick will force the Astros to shift their outfield around, plus bringing in Reddick makes sense since Colby Rasmus is a free agent and it makes it easier for the team to make their respected changes.