Washington Nationals: 3 potential landing spots for Michael A. Taylor
With their entire starting outfield hitting free agency the Houston Astros are in need of outfield depth. There are several reasons why the Astros would be a great fit for the services of Michael A. Taylor.
On the current 40-man roster the Astros currently have four outfielders. Yordan Alvarez suits better as a designated hitter. Chas McCormick has not yet appeared in a big league game. Myles Straw has played less than 100 games in his career and has just one home run to him name. Even Kyle Tucker has only played in 108 games. The outfield is youthful, to say the least.
With $110M tied up in four contracts (Greinke, Altuve, Verlander, Bregman) the Astros will be looking at filling holes on the cheap, without compromising anything talent wise.
Taylor can play all three outfield positions. If the Astros re-sign Michael Brantley, I could see Taylor starting in center or being the fourth outfielder. Taylor offers the same qualities Jake Marisnick did when he roamed the outfield at Minute Maid for years prior to being traded to the Mets a year ago.
The Astros have their leadoff hitter in Altuve, leaving Taylor to fall into the nine spot in the lineup and act as a “second leadoff hitter”. He does have more power than most, allowing him to slot in the six or seven spot as well.
For the economics involved and his versatility, I really see Taylor as a fit for the Houston Astros.