Red Sox promote Yoan Moncada to Double-A

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The Red Sox have promoted second base prospect Yoan Moncada to Double-A Portland, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Moncada was performing quite well at Single-A Salem, batting .307/.427/.496 with 25 doubles, 34 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 36 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.

Moncada left Cuba and wound up signing with the Red Sox on a $31.5 million bonus in March 2015. He performed well at Single-A Greenville last year and has performed even better this year.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was very complimentary of Moncada, saying, “He’s a very good offensive player. He drives the ball. He hits for an average. He’s walked a lot this year. It’s probably just the overall skills of learning the game. Probably a little bit more work defensively than offensively.”

Dombrowski wouldn’t commit to a future change of positions for Moncada, but second base is currently occupied by Dustin Pedroia, who is under contract with the Red Sox through 2021.

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.