Dodgers acquire Bud Norris from the Braves

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Update #2 (3:18 PM EDT): The Dodgers are also receiving minor league outfielder Ian Toscano, a player to be named later, and cash considerations, per the Braves’ official announcement.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers have acquired starter Bud Norris from the Braves. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the deal. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Braves will receive two as yet unknown prospects from the Dodgers.

The Dodgers placed ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list on Thursday, adding to their long list of pitching woes. It was reported that they were actively searching for starting pitching help from outside the organization and it didn’t take them long to strike a deal.

Norris, 31, has an uninspiring 4.22 ERA, but he has pitched very well since moving back into the Braves’ rotation on June 4. In five starts, he has given up only seven runs (2.15 ERA) on 21 hits and eight walks with 29 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Norris is owed the remainder of his $2.5 million salary for the 2016 season. He can become a free agent after the season.

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.