The Houston Astros have agreed to sign OF Josh Reddick to a four-year contract worth $52MM. The 30 year-old will move over to Left Field with George Springer manning right. The left-handed slugger spent the 2016 season with both the A's and Dodgers while batting .281/.345/.405 over 439 plate appearances.
How this will affect Houston's OF future outlook: With George Springer under team control for at least the next four years, the Astros only needed to focus on improving center field and left considering the team got horrible production from those two positions last year with Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez each posting an OPS below .650. Now that the Astros have Reddick on board, the team can check off left field for the foreseeable future. Derek Fisher and Kyle Tucker will be knocking on the door soon so GM Jeff Luhnow might have to make a corresponding move.
How this will affect Houston's overall future outlook: Josh Reddick has been a slightly above-average hitter who has been portrayed as a dominant slugger in Oakland's futile lineup. He'll be an upgrade over anything the Astros put out in left field last year as Houston's left fielders combined to bat .203/.279/.354 over the 2016 season. His left-handed bat along with the newly-acquired McCann will help balance a lineup that will feature Altuve, Correa, Springer, and Bregman in the heart of it for years to come.
Bottom Line: Reddick's left-handed bat is a nice fit in this lineup. He won't be a superstar, but he'll get the job done as a reliable everyday player.