Report: Giants sign Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal

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Connor Grossman of KNBR is reporting that the Giants have signed infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor league contract, pending a physical. He will provide infield depth for the Giants, who are lacking in that department.

Tejada, 26, was released by the Cardinals at the beginning of June after hitting .176/.225/.235 in 40 plate appearances. He was intended to fill in at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, but he suffered a strained left quadriceps late in spring training. That opened the door for rookie Aledmys Diaz and veteran Jedd Gyorko. Diaz in particular took advantage of the opportunity, carrying an .868 OPS into Monday’s action. As a result, when Peralta returned from the disabled list, Diaz kept his position at shortstop, Peralta moved to third base, and Matt Carpenter moved to second base.

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.