Biggio’s son among familiar names called on Day 2 of MLB draft

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NEW YORK (AP) Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, was among some familiar names called during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.

The younger Biggio, an infielder from Notre Dame, was selected by Toronto in the fifth round on Friday. He hit .311 with four home runs and 28 RBIs while starting all 54 games for the Irish this season as a junior.

Rafael Palmeiro’s son Preston, a first baseman for North Carolina State, was drafted in the seventh round by Baltimore.

After the first two rounds and lottery picks were selected Thursday night at MLB Network studios, the draft resumed with rounds 3-10 via conference calls with the teams. Rounds 11-40 will be held Saturday, also with conference calls, to wrap up the three-day event.

California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia.

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.