Yu Darvish will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday

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Rangers starter Yu Darvish will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. He’ll throw two innings or 30 pitches, whichever threshold he meets first.

Darvish, 29, has been out since August 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Lately, he’s been throwing bullpens and batting practice, and the Rangers feel confident enough to send him out on a rehab assignment. If all goes well, Darvish could rejoin the rotation, currently led by Cole Hamels, by the end of May.

Darvish has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract with the Rangers.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, 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 is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.