Report: Ross Detwiler’s camp has suggested the Nationals trade him, if possible


James Wagner of the Washington Post reported in a column posted on Wednesday that, according to a source familiar with the situation, Ross Detwiler’s camp has suggested to the Nationals that they pursue a trade if possible.

As Wagner details, Detwiler had a frustrating season as he initially competed for a spot in the starting rotation but was ultimately moved to the bullpen. Over 63 innings in 47 relief appearances, he finished with a 4.00 ERA and a 39/21 K/BB ratio and was ultimately left off of the Nationals’ post-season roster in the Division Series against the Giants.

The 28-year-old lefty is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, meaning he can become a free agent after the season. MLB Trade Rumors projects Detwiler to earn $3.3 million for the 2015 season. As a result, he could end up being non-tendered by the Nationals if they can’t find a trade partner.

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.