Rangers discussing long-term contract with GM Jon Daniels

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The Rangers are 33 1/2 games behind the Angels in the American League West with a record of 53-89 and could very well wind up with their first 100-loss season since 1973. But the failures of this 2014 club have largely been injury-related and the foundation of the organization is still strong, so there is talk of keeping the front office intact for years to come.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has the report …

While neither ownership nor president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels commented on the matter, a major league source said recently that the Rangers have begun the process of discussing a long-term contract extension. Other baseball officials have said that if the Rangers aren’t already doing so, it makes sense to start quickly.

The reasoning: With as much as the Rangers have lost in staffing in the last year and with as much work as there is to do over the winter, it is essential to have stability at the top. If anything, the abrupt resignation of manager Ron Washington only further emphasized that need.

Grant believes Daniels might eventually move into a team president role, with current assistant general manager Thad Levine likely serving as his successor. Levine has been connected to multiple GM openings around Major League Baseball over the past couple of years and the Rangers don’t want to lose him.

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.