Jose Abreu’s ninth-inning solo home run — his 35th of the season — didn’t quite get the White Sox back in the game on Sunday afternoon against the Twins, but it did tie a White Sox rookie record. Ron Kittle also slugged 35 as a rookie for the White Sox in 1983. Abreu won’t touch the major league record for home runs by a rookie, as Mark McGwire set that mark with 49 in 1987,
Abreu has now homered in back-to-back games after going 18 consecutive games without going deep. Along with the 35 dingers, the 27-year-old Cuban slugger has knocked in 102 runs and posted a fantastic .322/.384/.604 slash line.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.