James Shields rejected a bigger offer from the Giants before signing with the Padres

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Padres starter James Shields turned down a four-year, $80 million contract offer from the Giants a few weeks before signing for $5 million less in San Diego. Heyman adds that the offer was rescinded after the Giants signed Jake Peavy.

With the Giants out, the Cubs and Marlins remained the Padres’ only other serious contenders for the right-hander’s services.

Shields, 33, will join Andrew Cashner at the top of the rotation. He’s coming off of a season in which he finished with a 3.21 ERA and a 180/44 K/BB ratio in 227 innings, helping lead the Royals to the World Series. Shields has made at least 33 starts and thrown 200 innings in each of the last seven seasons.

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.