Bryce Harper calls out Nationals fans after Monday’s loss to Mets

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The Nationals lost 8-5 to the Mets this afternoon in the first game of a critical three-game series at Nationals Park. It was noted on social media that a number of fans headed for the exits in the late innings. It was noticed by Nationals players. How do we know this? Well, National League MVP frontrunner Bryce Harper called them out on it after the game.

Yikes. It was a bit surprising to see how empty the ballpark was in the ninth inning, as the game was still very much within reach, but this sort of talk is a losing battle for a player and one he should probably stay away from. If Harper and company are disappointed in the fans, imagine how disappointed the fans are in a team that has largely underachieved this season.

Harper went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts this afternoon. The Nationals are now five games back of the Mets in the National League East with 25 games to play.

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.