Hanley Ramirez says he will play in NLCS Game 3 if he can withstand the pain

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Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez sat out Game 2 of the NLCS after taking a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball to the ribs in the first inning of Game 1. X-rays were negative and he is still awaiting the results of a CT scan taken today, but he told the media that he will play in Game 3 if he can withstand the pain — even if he has a fractured rib. (via Dylan Hernandez).

In related news, outfielder Andre Ethier, who also sat out Game 2, is uncertain if he will be healthy enough to be inserted into the starting lineup. He would, however, be available to pinch-hit. (Also via Dylan Hernandez)

Down 0-2 in the NLCS, the Dodgers have been stymied by the Cardinals’ young and effective starting rotation and now they must overcome Adam Wainwright in Game 3. Having Ramirez and Ethier in the lineup, as opposed to Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker, would make a big difference in their attempt to win four out of the next five games.

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.