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Evan Gattis lost 18 pounds, wants to be more nimble

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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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”