Gattis excited about returning to Texas with Astros
HOUSTON (AP) - Evan Gattis is returning to his home state to play for the Houston Astros after a trade from Atlanta, and the slugger is thrilled about the move.
Gattis, who grew up in Dallas, says: "I'm home. I feel more at home here."
The 28-year-old, who can play catcher and left field, was acquired on Wednesday with right-hander James Hoyt for three Houston minor leaguers.
He is the third key player the Braves have dealt this offseason after trading outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in recent months. Gattis says those moves made it clear to him that Atlanta is rebuilding and he's happy to move to a team looking to win now.
He says: "We are on the rise - trying to push this team and get guys in the direction of winning."