When the Braves traded Jason Heyward and Justin Upton the assumption was that they did so in part because they wanted to shift Evan Gattis from catcher to left field, but now Mark Bowman of MLB.com says they continue to shop Gattis on the trade market as well.
Nothing is imminent, according to Bowman, but the Astros, Royals, and Rangers are among the teams to express interest. Gattis would seemingly be a much better fit as a designated hitter or perhaps catcher/designated hitter, which is why it’s no surprise to see American League teams in the mix for him.
Through two seasons he’s averaged 33 homers per 600 plate appearances while posting a .791 OPS, and moving out from behind the plate full time could potentially help him boost those numbers even further. The question is whether the Braves or any other teams want to take the defensive hit required to make him anything but a DH.