Expect to see Delmon Young hit by a pitch tonight

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White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves caused a bit of a stir by saying that Chicago pitchers should consider throwing at Minnesota hitters to “see if you can start a fight” during the three-game series at Target Field that began last night.
Yet in Game 1 of the crucial series it was Delmon Young of the Twins who provided a potential opportunity for brawling by attempting to run over White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a not-so-close play at the plate in the eighth inning.
Young took off for home on a ground ball and was thrown out by a solid 10 feet, but instead of sliding or going for a standard body-to-body collision he went high on Pierzynski without ever really making a move toward the actual plate.
Neither player has a reputation for being particularly easy to deal with, yet amazingly they retreated to their respective corners without further incident and neither bench emptied. However, it’s a pretty safe bet that Young will (coincidentally, I’m sure) be hit by a pitch in Game 2 tonight, which technically gives the Twins a head start in the Win Probability department since we can safely assume he’ll be on base at least once.

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.