The Padres have new uniforms, will be wearing the brown on Fridays

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There has been buzz about the San Diego Padres getting new uniforms lately. Yesterday the Padres ended it buy dropping the news: they are getting a uniform makeover.

Sort of a three-part makeover, actually, with (a) subtle additions of yellow and blue to the regular home uniforms; (b) the adoption of old-style brown uniforms with the yellow and brown caps for Friday home games; and (c) the switch to a Navy digital camouflage jersey for their home Sunday games and, presumably, a dropping of the old desert camo look.

Here are examples of them all:

I am long on record of preferring some update on the old brown/mustard variations of the past, so the Friday alternate is nice. Still, seems like a half-measure. They should go to it full-time. And, of course, it appears as though it’ll only be a solid alternate-style brown, not a classic white uniform with brown accents, which could’ve been amazing. Maybe it’s a baby step.

The yellow additions to the regular uniform may only last a year, as they are described as commemorating the 2016 All-Star Game, which takes place in San Diego. A one-year placeholder until they go full-brown in 2017? That’d be nice.

Finally, I get why they do camo all the time in San Diego, but I also think it’s a bad look for a baseball team. Both from an abstract aesthetic perspective and from the perspective of it being weird for athletes to, in a way, dress up like soldiers or sailors. I realize, though, that my complaining about is neither a popular position nor one that is going to make any difference.

Overall, though: eliminating the boring blue and white home uniform is a step in the right direction.

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.