Jake Arrieta, Adam Wainwright want a pitchers’ Home Run Derby

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Last week, Giants ace/slugger Madison Bumgarner said he “would love” to participate in the 2016 Home Run Derby if he would be extended an invitation. He isn’t the only pitcher interested in hitting some dingers.

MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports that Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta wants to see a pitchers’ Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star Game festivities.

Arrieta said, “People think we can’t hit. We’ll show you we can hit home runs.”

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright threw his hat in the ring, tweeting this on Sunday afternoon:

Bumgarner, Arrieta, and Wainwright represent three of the best-hitting pitchers in the game. The trio has combined to hit 23 home runs. Bumgarner is responsible for more than half, however, with 13 career round-trippers.

For maximum entertainment, Zack Greinke, Mike Leake, and Noah Syndergaard would have to participate as well.

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.