Freddie Freeman has barfed seven times in two days

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There’s being “sick,” there’s “flu-like symptoms” and then there’s “Oh my god, I’m the only legit star on the worst team in baseball and I have to come to the ballpark and endure this hell every single night.” Freddie Freeman has a case of the last one, it seems. From Mark Bowman at MLB.com:

“I don’t know what it is,” Freeman said. “I threw up about six times today and threw up once yesterday. That’s no excuse, but I just wasn’t feeling good.”

No one on the Braves is feeling particularly good given that they’re in San Diego. Where the Braves have lost their last 11 games, dating back to 2012. In that game Chipper Jones had a big hit and Mark Kotsay was a pinch runner. It may as well have been 35 years ago. Maybe Jerry Royster or Bruce Benedict had a big hit.

Freeman’s a ballplayer, though. He suited up because a sick and barfy Freeman is still orders of magnitude better than anyone else the Braves could’ve trotted out there last night. He struck out three times, but maybe for a few moments alone in the batter’s box his mind could wander a bit and he could pretend it was 2012 again and Chipper Jones and all those dudes were still back in the dug–[Freeman looks]

Barf.

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.