With every free agent list, you have to have your “reach” player, and that guy is definitely Heyward.
Heyward will draw heavy interest from a lot of MLB teams, as his age (26) and ability could serve to be a great long-term investment for any given club.
Yes, the club has Springer in right field, but that doesn’t mean one of them can’t switch to left field or possibly even center field. An outfield featuring those two players over the next few seasons would be very interesting and definitely fun to watch.
Heyward’s numbers power-wise have been up and down, but in a hitter-friendly ballpark, Heyward could be a guy who slugs 20-25 homers on a consistent basis. During the last two seasons, the former first-round pick has progressed with his batting average, and could still be in the process of improving.
Although his price tag looks to be too high for the club, Heyward would be a very nice fit for the Astros, as he would fit right into the team’s youth-filled roster.