Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on DL

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Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Freddy Sanchez “almost certainly will not be ready for Opening Day” and “is likely to begin the season on the disabled list” following January shoulder surgery that the Giants initially tried to keep secret.
Sanchez was first said to be “questionable” for Opening Day, but the Giants recently changed his status to “doubtful” and manager Bruce Bochy called him “very doubtful” when asked yesterday.
Bochy noted that the Giants “have experienced guys to help out” in Sanchez’s absence, with Juan Uribe likely to start in his place at second base and Mark DeRosa also available to play some infield if needed. The latter would likely open up some outfield at-bats for Freddy Lewis.
So far the Giants’ decision to acquire Sanchez at the trading deadline has been a disaster. They gave up a solid pitching prospect to get him from the Pirates and then signed him to a two-year, $11 million extension, but so far Sanchez has had more surgeries than home runs.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.