Astros land slugger Jose Abreu with 3-year deal

First baseman Jose Abreu and the Houston Astros have agreed on a three-year deal, a source told ESPN, adding another run-producing racquet to the World Series champion’s already-filled lineup.

Abreu, who turns 36 in January, won the 2020 American League MVP award and has been the White Sox’s runner-up in baseball since his debut season in the major leagues in 2014 with 863 RBIs, for which he has recorded all nine of his major league seasons played after leaving Cuba.

After a terrible first five weeks, Abreu was one of baseball’s best players for the last three quarters of the season, hitting .335/.405/.479 despite his 15 home runs all year being a career low. He joins an Astros lineup with fellow Cuban Yordan Álvarez, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman and World Series MVP Jeremy Peña.

Abreu will replace Yuli Gurriel, a longtime rival in the Cuban National Series. Abreu and Gurriel, along with Yoenis Cespedes, were widely regarded as the best players of their generation from Cuba, both high contact hitters – although Abreu’s forte was the divider.

The White Sox renewed him for three years and $50 million after 2019 when he led the AL with 123 RBIs. Over his nine seasons, Abreu averaged .292/.354/.506 on 243 home runs and an adjusted OPS that was 34% better than the league average.

He is the second signing this winter for the Astros, who replaced Rafael Montero on a three-year, $34.5 million contract. The Astros’ projected payroll is currently $175 million – they’ve surpassed $187 million each in the past five seasons – and they’re still hoping to sign ace Justin Verlander, who has over $40 million per season year could have.

USA Today first reported on Abreu’s deal with Astros. Astros land slugger Jose Abreu with 3-year deal

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