Gattis excited about opportunity with Astros
Evan Gattis, traded by the Braves to the Astros on Wednesday, will hold a conference call with members of the media on Thursday afternoon. But not before he took a few minutes to visit with MLB.com about the trade and what it means to him.
The Astros traded three prospects – pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman and third baseman Rio Ruiz – to the Braves in exchange for Gattis, who hit 43 homers in 211 games in his first two seasons in the Major Leagues with the Braves. He’s battled injury problems during his career, but he passed a physical Wednesday and gives the Astros another 30-homer threat at Minute Maid Park with Chris Carter and George Springer.
Gattis was primarily a catcher with the Braves, but the Astros will him in left field, first base and designated hitter as well.
Here’s part of his talk with MLB.com:
Q: What is your reaction to the trade?
A: “I’m excited. We’re going to have a good power lineup and a good young team. I’m just excited.”
Q: The lineup could have some thumpers with Chris Carter and George Springer and yourself. How enticing is that?
A: “And it kind of feeds off each, too. It’s contagious, especially in the lineup. We’ve got back-to-back-to-back-to-back guys that can hit, hit for power. It could be scary, especially when you mix in guys like [Jose] Altuve and Dexter Fowler. They’re getting on base all the time and there’s going to be a lot of RBI potential, a lot of run-scoring potential.”
Q: What are your thoughts on playing left field?
A: “It’s really too early. We’ll see how it shakes out and see where our pieces end up at the end of spring. I think it’s too early to say what I’ll be playing more of. I’m not really worried about positioning and stuff like that right now. I’m just ready to get after it, you know? I was prepared to go play left field with the Braves situation, too, so it’s not like anything will really change on my end.”
Q: How do you feel about hitting at Minute Maid Park?
A: “It’s a good hitter’s park.”
Q: What do you think of the future of the Astros considering the pieces they’re adding?
A: “I think the Astros could have a better year next year than we did last year.”
Q: You were born in Dallas and still live in that area. What does it mean to come home to Texas?
A: “Everybody’s already texted me and made me well aware how many times we go to Arlington and everything else. I’ll have tons of people.”