The Houston Astros continued the transforming of their on a regular basis lineup once they signed free agent designated hitter Carlos Beltran to a one yr, 16 million greenback contract. Reportedly, the contract additionally features a no-trade clause because the part-time outfielder returns greater than a decade after he helped lead the workforce to the NLCS. The transfer is the third vital transfer of the offseason because the membership has additionally acquired catcher Brian McCann and proper fielder Josh Roddick.
Why the Astros signed Beltran?
Astros designated hitters had a collective .218/.299/.378 slash line final season. Following the McCann commerce, it was thought that each McCann and Evan Gattis would additionally share the DH duties. So, in a single sense, this transfer is a bit puzzling on various totally different fronts. For one, it’s shocking that Beltran would agree to return to a spot the place he must play a number of positions (together with left area the place he has not performed) with a view to get a full complement of plate appearances. Additionally, McCann was reportedly promised the majority of the catching duties, in order that leaves Gattis and not using a pure place as properly.
All that being stated, Beltran’s proficiency as a change hitter was in all probability the important thing issue within the signing. He provides them one other left handed bat towards robust proper handed pitchers. Looking at simply final season, Beltran had a .279/.321/.484 towards proper handed pitching. That in comparison with a .338/.380/.589 line towards lefties. Again, if their purpose was to be stronger towards right-handed pitching they nominally completed that. Of course, it must be famous that his profession splits are virtually equivalent.
What can clearly be stated following this deal is that the Astros could have one of many deeper lineups within the recreation regardless of how the items match. A.J. Hitch will be capable of combine and match lineups each day to benefit from matchups and conventional or non-traditional platoon splits. While it’d suppress the counting numbers for every of the gamers concerned, their proportion charges will probably enhance.
What this deal means for you
I’m not an enormous fan of this transfer for the Astros, however I definitely get it. One yr is just not an enormous dedication to make and there’s definitely an opportunity he has yet one more season left in that bat earlier than driving off into the sundown. He has made noise about enjoying a number of extra seasons, however subsequent season might be his swan track. It can be nice for him and for you if he turns in an Ortiz sort of efficiency.
In his final three seasons (the place he has served virtually solely as a DH) he has averaged 21 residence runs, almost 60 runs, and 70 RBI a season throughout that point. I think the Astros can be glad with that degree of manufacturing. Steamer has Beltran projected to have a .269/.321/.448 slash line with 22 house runs, 72 runs, and 81 RBI. Considering that Fangraphs has the Astros projected to be the primary offense within the American League, these projections could be nearer to the mark. So, in different phrases, we will in all probability anticipate one thing between 2015 and 2016.