Erik Bedard halts rehab, announces retirement at age 36

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Erik Bedard has been pitching at Single-A for the Dodgers in the hopes of making it back to the majors at age 36, but the oft-injured left-hander announced his retirement rather than continue his comeback from a strained lat muscle.

Bedard pitched 11 seasons in the majors, starting out with the Orioles, going to the Mariners in the Adam Jones trade, and then spending time with the Rays, Pirates, Red Sox, and Astros in recent years.

He always racked up strikeouts, always struggled to consistently throw strikes, and always had trouble staying off the disabled list. Bedard finishes with a 3.99 ERA in 1,304 innings, striking out 1,246 and walking 533 while holding opponents to a .249 batting average.

His best season came in 2007 for the Orioles, when Bedard went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 182 innings at age 28. He topped 150 innings in a season just once more after that, in 2013 for the Astros.

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.