By Jesus Perez Vichot (Chuchi)
Cooperstown Hall of Famer and Astros front office Jeff Bagwell commented via McTaggart: “There’s no one who loves Yuli more than us, myself, Jim (Crane), Dusty (Baker ), everyone. He’s just trying to find the right fit for the club. He is a big part of our success here. We will continue to monitor that situation.”
Obviously Bagwell and the Astros have not ruled out the possibility of keeping the Cuban with the club. Having an experienced and versatile player like Gurriel can add depth to the infield. Plus, the numbers put together during his seven-year MLB career are excellent. He posts a .284/.328/.448/.776 batting line with 206 doubles, 94 home runs and 435 RBIs in 801 games.
The Astros are likely to be in the postseason and this year should be no exception. Yuli in this instance is a player who can contribute a lot to the team. In those 85 high-pressure games he’s played in, he’s had 81 hits with 8 home runs and 39 RBIs. The Marlins and the Twins will try to reach an agreement with Yuli, even one of the two can achieve it, but after Bagwell’s words were published, everything seems to indicate that he will wear the Astros uniform again this year.