Video: David Ortiz hits his 500th career home run

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz joined the 500 home run club on Saturday night in Tampa against the Rays. He entered the night sitting on 498. In the first inning, he slugged a three-run home run off of lefty starter Matt Moore, then followed up in the fifth inning with a solo blast off of Moore.

No. 500 was a no-doubter. Ortiz sat on a low-and-inside breaking ball and ripped it many rows back in right-center field at Tropicana Field. He slowly trotted around the bases as if to savor the moment, then was greeted in front of the visitors’ dugout by his teammates. The relievers and catchers in the bullpen trotted down to add to the crowd.

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The next milestone for Ortiz is 505, which would put him ahead of Eddie Murray for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time home run list.

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.