Marlins might move in and lower the fences at Marlins Park

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Joe Frisaro, the Miami beat writer for MLB.com, has the report

On what is shaping up as a lengthy “to do” list for the Marlins in the offseason will be addressing the dimensions at spacious Marlins Park.

Team president David Samson said on Wednesday that the organization is considering moving in and lowering the fences at one of Major League Baseball’s toughest places to hit home runs.

“We haven’t formulated a final plan,” Samson told MLB.com. “Still looking, but trying to make a decision for next season.”

Marlins Park has some of the longest dimensions in Major League Baseball along with some of the tallest walls. That was somewhat intentional — the Marlins wanted a pitcher-friendly park — but power numbers are down across the league since the stadium was first concepted and they continue to fall. Miami is home to one of the biggest sluggers in the game, Giancarlo Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million deal this past March.

Miami ranks 26th in the majors in homers at home this season. That’s tied with Oakland.

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.