Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. vehemently denies trade rumor involving Ben Revere

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It’s been known for a while that the Phillies are shopping outfielder Ben Revere, but there was an interesting note from Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune today that talks with the Mariners quickly stalled because Philadelphia was asking for James Paxton or Taijuan Walker in return. That’s insane, of course, but it led to the predictable mocking of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. on Twitter and in other places.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal asked Amaro about the rumor this afternoon and he got a pretty strong response:

“Typically we would not comment on rumors. But when they reach this level of ridiculousness, I can say unequivocally that what has been written is false.”

We’ve heard similar reports regarding teams who are talking to the Phillies about Cole Hamels, which paints the picture of Amaro as asking for too much in return. Sure, we’ve had laughs at Amaro’s expense in recent years, but it’s important to stop and think about what could be motivating teams to leak this sort of information to the media. Our own Bill Baer wrote about this very topic at Crashburn Alley and you should check it out.

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.