The Blue Jays and Rangers weren’t the only ones receiving suspension news on Tuesday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been suspended one game for his meltdown after being ejected from Monday night’s game against the Twins. Ausmus will serve his suspension tonight.
Ausmus didn’t like a called strike three on Nick Castellanos, so he barked at home plate umpire Doug Eddings, who immediately ejected him. Ausmus came out to give Eddings his two cents, which included yelling in his face and then removing his sweater to drape it across home plate.
With Fredi Gonzalez having been fired by the Braves, Ausmus is now the most likely manager to get the pink slip next. His 17-21 Tigers are in fourth place in the AL Central, a far cry from where they thought they’d be after a busy offseason that brought in Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Upton, and Francisco Rodriguez.
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.