Bryan Price still doesn’t understand the media’s job

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Reds’ manager Bryan Price sat down with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and talked about his profanity-laden tirade against the media back in late April. He’s apologetic about the language he used and the fact that the thing went viral, but he still seems not to understand that the substance of his rant — how dare the media report the facts it learns about the Reds! — was divorced from reality. Price:

“Hey, I understand the media aren’t Reds employees,” Price said. “I totally understand the argument. It’s just from my side of it, I want less information coming out of our clubhouse than more.

“I have a great deal of respect for the job the media has to do, but with the media trying to get as much information from the clubhouse and get it out to the populace, there are conflicting motivations. It would just be nice to make it work where everyone was a winner. We almost compete against each other at times.

You don’t “compete against each other.” You have totally different jobs. There is no “everyone is a winner” scenario unless you see information being published as a “loss.” And if you see such a thing as a loss, you’re focusing too much on crap that really shouldn’t matter to you. It’d be just as silly for a reporter to talk about the outcome of a game being a “win” or a “loss” for him. You shouldn’t care about the former, the media shouldn’t care about the latter.

Oh well. Go to the article for that stuff. Stay for Price lamenting that, unlike when he was young, players these days showboat and celebrate and act all silly whereas he and his contemporaries played the game the right way.

In other news, Bryan Price is three years younger than Rickey Henderson.

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.