Braves designate Anthony Varvaro for assignment

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The Braves announced this evening that they designated reliever Anthony Varvaro for assignment in order to clear a spot for newly-signed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the 40-man roster.

It’s a bit surprising the Braves couldn’t find a spot to keep Varvaro, as he owns a 2.74 ERA over 123 appearances over the past two seasons. The 30-year-old right-hander was especially impressive this season, averaging 8.2 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 while posting a ground ball rate of 49.7 percent.

There’s no way Varvaro is going to pass through waivers unclaimed, so look for the Braves to find a trade partner in the coming days.

White Sox sign José Abreu to a three-year contract extension

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Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.

Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.

Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.