MLB roundup: Astros get aggressive, Yankees get flexibility; signing/trade rumors

Brian McCann gives the Astros a left-handed bat and leadership, while the Yankees get payroll flexibility. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

The Astros’ aggressive work early in this offseason is manifesting, with Houston adding desperately needed left-handed hitting and leadership in catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick. Their lineup could look like this:

RF George Springer (who hit leadoff in 116 games last season)

3B Alex Bregman

2B Jose Altuve

SS Carlos Correa

LF Josh Reddick

1B Yulieski Gurriel

C Brian McCann

DH Evan Gattis

CF Jake Marisnick (or somebody else)

It’s a lineup of extraordinary potential, and now the Astros have to find some more pieces for their pitching staff. For the Yankees, this deal opens up the strong possibility they will bring back Carlos Beltran to be their DH in 2017, after trading him away last season.