Gattis be nimble, Gattis be quick. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that the Astros’ slugger lost 18 pounds this offseason in an effort to become more nimble. He didn’t say he’s in the best shape of his life, but we’ll still count this. Gattis has yet to steal a base in the major leagues, but perhaps 2016 will be his year.
The 29-year-old Gattis, who’s listed at 6’4″ and 260 pounds, hit .246/.285/.463 with 27 home runs and 88 RBI last season. While the power was nice, his low batting average and on-base percentage out of the DH spot limited his value. Oddly enough, despite his lacking speed, Gattis was able to crank out 11 triples, trailing only Kevin Kiermaier of the Rays in that category.
Gattis and the Astros weren’t able to reach an agreement prior to the arbitration figure submission deadline in his first year of eligibility. Gattis filed for $3.85 million and the Astros countered at $3 million.