Avisail Garcia robbed baseball fans of potentially free baseball when he retrieved a Chris Davis home run ball from beyond the fence in right field during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Orioles. David Robertson was in to protect a 3-2 lead when, with one out, Davis smoked a 1-0, 92 MPH fastball for what appeared to be a game-tying homer, but Garcia had other ideas.
Play of the year candidate? You betcha.
Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.
Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.
Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.