The White Sox avoided arbitration with first baseman Jose Abreu, agreeing to a one-year, $10.825 million contract for the 2017 season, MLB.com’s Phil Rogers reports.
Abreu, 29, chose to opt out of his six-year contract with the White Sox last month, instead going year-to-year in arbitration. The contract called for a $10.5 million salary for the 2017 season, so he made several hundred thousand dollars more. The contract would have also paid him $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in ’19.
Abreu finished the 2016 season hitting .293/.353/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI in 695 plate appearances.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.