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George Springer Will Play Center Field Full-Time in 2017

The Houston Astros had a busy off-season that included the signings of outfielders Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran, causing Houston to have to switch things up on their roster a bit.

Reddick, who received a four-year, $52 million contract from the Astros this off-season, will be the Opening Day starter in right field. The 39-year-old Beltran, who inked a one-year, $16 million deal, will spend a majority of his time at designated hitter.

With Reddick now in right field, MLB.com Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart says that George Springer will be the team’s full-time center fielder in 2017, while Beltran, Jake Marisnick, and Nori Aoki will all split time in left field.

Springer has made 16 career MLB starts in center field, but he spent most of his minor league career as a center fielder. He was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award last year that went to outfielders Brett Gardner, Mookie Betts, and Kevin Kiermaier.

George Springer will be playing center field this season. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
George Springer will be playing center field this season.
(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

As for the rest of the Astros roster, McTaggart has Brian McCann and Evan Gattis as the two Houston catchers on the 25-man roster, while having Yulieski Gurriel and Tyler White at first base. The rest of the infield is simple, with Jose Altuve at second, Alex Bregman at third base, and Carlos Correa at shortstop.

Marwin Gonzalez, who can play multiple positions, will serve in the utility role for Houston. As previously stated above, Beltran will be the designated hitter, while Reddick, Springer, Marisnick, and Aoki will be the outfielders for the 2017 club.

For the pitching staff, the starters will be Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers, Mike Fiers, and Charlie Morton. The bullpen will consist of Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, James Hoyt, Tony SippChris Devenski and Michael Feliz.

The 27-year-old Springer is coming off the best season of his MLB career. He batted .261/.359/.457 with 29 homers, 82 RBIs, and 9 stolen bases as the Astros’ leadoff hitter.

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