The Houston Astros have signed outfielder Josh Reddick to a long-term contract on Thursday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
According to Passan, the deal is over four years and is worth $52 million.
Like the acquisition of Brian McCann earlier this evening, the Astros' deal with Josh Reddick represents another opportunity for them to get a left-handed hitter in their lineup, something they struggled to do throughout the 2016 campaign.
On the whole, Houston has been busy gearing up for a postseason run next year, already adding the likes of McCann, Charlie Morton, and Nori Aoki. Aoki, by the way, has reverse splits (meaning he hits lefties better than righties as a left-handed hitter) and could work his way into the starting lineup for Reddick.
As for the 29-year-old, a poor second half with the Dodgers likely kept Reddick from really cashing in on the free agent market. It is also possible, though, that if he was not traded from the Oakland Athletics midway through the year, he would have received a qualifying offer and not a long-term deal.
Despite all the hypotheticals, Reddick should still be a good all-around bat in the Astros' lineup with some decent defense in a corner outfield spot.
On the whole last year, Reddick hit .281/.345/.405 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI over 439 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, he was worth 1.2 Wins Above Replacement and posted a 106 wRC+.