Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo have both accepted invitations to participate in the Home Run Derby, per reports from Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times and MASN’s Steve Melewski, respectively. The Derby will be held next Monday in San Diego at Petco Park as part of the 2016 All-Star Game festivities.
Seager made his major league debut in September last year, so this will be his first Home Run Derby. He’s hitting a cool .303/.363/.537 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 372 plate appearances.
This will be Trumbo’s second Derby appearance. His last came in 2012 when he was an Angel. He hit the third most home runs with 13. He lost out on reaching the finals after losing to Jose Bautista in a swing-off, 2-1.
Trumbo, who homered twice on Wednesday afternoon, leads the majors with 26 home runs and has 64 RBI and a .285/.334/.570 triple-slash line to go with it.
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.