White Sox honor scout who saved car crash victims

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The White Sox have honored scout John Kazanas with the team’s Roland Hemond Award for extraordinary personal sacrifice, ESPN’s Doug Padilla reports. Kazanas witnessed an ugly car crash in front of him on a highway between Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada and pulled over to help the victims, who were trapped in the car.

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The van rolled multiple times in the median, with Kazanas rushing to the aid of the victims. He had to break a window in the van to help free a mother and her three children, including one who was an infant unharmed in a car seat.

Reports of the incident indicated that other motorists continued down the road without helping, while the driver that caused the crash stopped on the side of the road, but did not assist the victims.

“I guess you’re challenged in some way and you know what’s right,” Kazanas told the Arizona Republic.

In a week full of awful sports news, it’s nice to have this gem shine through.

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.