Twins catcher Josmil Pinto diagnosed with concussion from Adam Jones’ backswing

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Josmil Pinto, who’s competing to be the Twins’ backup catcher, will be held out of baseball activities for at least 4-5 days after being cracked in the head by Orioles center fielder Adam Jones’ backswing three different times during Saturday’s game.

Pinto left the game after the third swing hit him on top of the head and he felt dizziness and headaches Sunday. General manager Terry Ryan told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Pinto would likely have been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list if this were the regular season.

Pinto is a good hitter with power and plate discipline at age 25, but his struggles defensively have kept the Twins from turning to him as a full-time catcher. Eric Fryer and Chris Herrmann as the other options to back up Kurt Suzuki.

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.