Report: Multiple teams eyeing Jonathan Sanchez

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According MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo, Jonathan Sanchez has narrowed his potential list of employers to three teams after seven or eight indicated interest. Cotillo’s source indicates there are multiple offers on the table.

Sanchez started the 2013 season with the Pirates, but was released in May after posting an 11.85 ERA in 13.2 innings across four starts and a relief appearance. The Dodgers picked him up a week later, using him as rotation depth. However, he simply spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 5.13 ERA in 66.2 innings over 14 starts.

Sanchez is 31 years old and, while he had shown promise at times thanks to a great ability to miss bats, it seems unlikely that he will ever fully overcome his control issues. In 179.2 innings since the start of 2011, Sanchez has averaged 6.4 walks per nine innings. A move to the bullpen might be beneficial — it certainly helped Oliver Perez, whose career was on a similar track as Sanchez’s but was corrected after becoming a full-time reliever.

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.