Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel channeled previous playoff heroics during the team's postseason run. After struggling for an entire year (.242/.288/.360), Gurriel batted close to .350 throughout October. But his season-long struggled painted a clear need for reinforcement at first base.
Gurriel also became an unrestricted free agent just days after the World Series, meaning owner Jim Crane and his staff have a major hole to fill. The latest MLB free agency rumors indicate Houston is in the market for several big names, including one notable face from their fierce rivals, the New York Yankees.
Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Astros have identified three options to fill this void at first base. Former Yankee Anthony Rizzo is "their No. 1 free-agent target."
On Tuesday morning, Jon Morosi confirmed the reports on MLB Network. Proving just how serious this level of interest actually is.
The Yankees gave Rizzo a qualifying offer earlier this week. Should Rizzo accept, he'll remain in pinstripes for one more year but receive $19.65 million, firmly above his current market value. Rizzo slashed just .224/.338/.480 but hammered 32 home runs and 75 RBIs in 2022.
Rosenthal also indicated the Astros eye former Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu and Gurriel as their other options. Abreu saw his power numbers dip (15 home runs, 75 RBIs), but hit .304 in 157 games, the fourth time he's hit above .300 in his career.
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