Alejandro De Aza on losing his arbitration hearing: “Honestly, I thought it was going to be worse”

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It’s often assumed that teams try to avoid going through with arbitration hearings because they involve saying negative things about a player in front of that player, but Alejandro De Aza says it wasn’t so bad.

De Aza lost his hearing with the Orioles last week and here’s what he told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun about the experience:

Honestly, I thought it was going to be worse. It was something that they needed to do. It happened, and now [I have] a fresh mind going into spring training. … I know this is a business and it is what it is. At the beginning of the season, they said I was going to be in arbitration. Win or lose, life goes on. Everything is going to be the same.

Of course, it helps that even in losing the hearing De Aza was awarded a $5 million salary for 2015 and based on those quotes he seems to have a pretty good attitude about things in general.

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.