Mejia says shoulder is fine, plans to play winter ball

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Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia left his Wednesday start against the Pirates in the third inning after feeling some pain in the area of his shoulder, and it was announced this morning that he will be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season.

But it’s not all bad news for the 20-year-old prospect.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York caught up with Mejia Thursday, and it sure sounds like the injury is far from serious.

“It wasn’t a real bad pain,” Mejia said in Spanish. “I just wanted to be
careful so I didn’t make it worse than what it was. It’s better to know
it’s nothing that requires surgery or anything like that.”

Mejia said he expects the injury to heal in time for him to pitch for Licey in this year’s Dominican Winter League.  If all goes well there in his native country, and he follows it up with a strong spring training, the youngster will almost certainly open the 2011 season as a member of the Mets’ starting rotation.

He posted a 4.62 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 22/20 K/BB ratio over 39 big-league innings this year.

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.