Randy Wolf calls it a career, retiring after 16 seasons

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After 16 seasons in the majors for eight different teams Randy Wolf has decided to call it a career, with Jon Heyman of MLB Network reporting that the 39-year-old left-hander told an interested team he’s retired.

Wolf returned from Tommy John elbow surgery last season and made it back to the majors after spending most of the year at Triple-A. Once there he got knocked around, going 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in 35 innings for the Tigers. He last posted an ERA under 5.00 in 2011, so it was time.

Because of injuries Wolf had to make several comebacks throughout his career, but he had a good early run with the Phillies and then a good later run with the Dodgers and Brewers. Overall he started 379 games, logged 2,328 innings, and posted a 4.24 ERA with a 133-125 record. He made one All-Star team in 2003, topped 200 innings six times, and earned nearly $70 million.

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.