Houston Astros: Three reasons why Evan Gattis isn’t going anywhere

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1. Depth Perception

Many out there forget that the Houston Astros lost catching depth when they traded Jake Rodgers to the Detroit Tigers to get Justin Verlander. If anything, Quintana is meant to specifically fill that depth. Nothing more!

Additionally, if the team had that much confidence in this catcher, he would have gotten the league minimum of $500K. Being signed for less than that is a pretty good indicator that he has to start, and work his way through, the minor league system.

Yes, Quintana may bat right and throw right like Evan Gattis, and may fit a “backup profile.” But like all players, Quintanta has dues to pay that Gattis has long since paid. Helping this team get it’s first championship in franchise history is sheer proof of that!

Even if McCann sticks around longer than his vested club option in 2019, Gattis will need to be around to back him up. Juan Centeno, Max Stassi and Garrett Stubbs all serve as depth in the event of any injury.

Long story short, Quintana looks good on paper, but has a ways to prove himself. So nobody should get too comfortable with any idea that sees him replace McCann and/or Gattis anytime soon.