HOUSTON -- The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.
Reddick, who will turn 30 in February, hit .281 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 115 games split between the Athletics and Dodgers last season and satisfies the Astros' need for a left-handed-hitting outfielder. Primarily a right fielder in his career, Reddick's signing means George Springer will likely play center field next season.Reddick, a former Gold Glove winner with the A's, is a career .255 hitter with a .316 on-base percentage in eight years in the big leagues. He was traded to the Dodgers in the Rich Hill deal halfway through last season and batted .258 in 47 games.By signing free agent pitcher Charlie Morton on Wednesday, trading for McCann and signing Reddick, the Astros have pretty much completed their major offseason checklist. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said earlier this week the team planned to be aggressive, and the last two days have back him up.With McCann and Reddick in the lineup, the Astros can put them around a young core that includes Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis, Yulieski Gurriel and Springer. Suddenly, the Astros' lineup is deep and dangerous.Brian McTaggart / MLB.com